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Polanski opens up about his '33 years of regret'

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Oct 03, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

Last week (end02Oct11) the moviemaker offered an apology to Samantha Geimer, who he slept with at a party at actor Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home when she was under age.

Polanski, who fled to America in 1978 and skipped sentencing after he was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor, said in documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, "She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press."

The Rosemary's Baby director was arrested two years ago (09) on his way to the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland, and after fighting extradition to the U.S., he was eventually freed last year (10) following several months custody and house arrest at his Swiss chalet.

Now Polanski has revealed the impact his actions have had on his life, telling Swiss television channel TSR, "I have regretted it for 33 years, of course I regret it."

The filmmaker also thanked Swiss officials for having the "respect" to refuse to extradite him.

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