Published: Sun, February 19, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Roman Polanski Wants to Return to US, Settle Child Rape Case


Samantha Gailey, who has since changed her name to Geimer, has herself called for the charges to be dropped, saying she now considered Polanski her co-victim due to the case dragging on for so long.

Polanski completed the stint in lock-up and underwent psychiatric evaluation - and Braun now wants the court to honor the plea deal, the site said.

He admitted having unlawful sex with a minor, or statutory rape, as part of a plea bargain and spent 42 days in Chino State Prison before being released.

Polanski lawyer Harland Braun is asking an L.A. Superior Court judge to unseal testimony from a prosecutor in the case accusing the Polish-born director of raping a 13-year-old girl in March 1977, according to TMZ.

At which point, Judge Laurence Rittenband allegedly took the plea deal off the table and informed prosecutors he sought a 50-year prison sentence for the Hollywood mainstay. Polanski, who has dual-residency in France and Poland has avoided further prosecution due to extradition laws, except for a 2009 10-month house arrest in Switzerland.

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It says his case can not be resolved until Polanski, who has both French and Polish citizenship and lives mostly in Paris, returns to California to face justice.

Mr Braun believes the secret testimony of prosecutor Roger Gunson collected in 2010 in the U.S. supports Polanski's claim that he had an agreement to serve just 48 days and that - taken with the Polish decision - it should convince the United States authorities Polanski has served his time.

U.S. authorities have been playing a cat-and-mouse game with Polanski for years, trying to get Poland and France to extradite him.

The 83 year old director, who won awards and acclaim for Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby and The Pianist, has been a fugitive from the United States for almost four decades, living between France and Poland in the intervening time. Polanski also avoided returning to the U.S.to accept the Oscar for his film The Pianist.

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