Director Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland

Film director Roman Polanski Zurich  - Film director Roman Polanski has been arrested as he arrived in Switzerland to attend a film festival, police in Zurich said Sunday.

The director, who has been wanted since 1978 in the US on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, had been due to receive a prize at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Swiss police are believed to be acting on the request of US authorities.

Polanksi, born in Poland and now a French citizen, is best known for Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Pianist (2002).  dpa