Roman Polanski could return to the US on a plea deal

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Polanski… could return to the US as part of a plea deal – Credit: AFP

Roman Polanski could be set to return to the US after almost 40 years as a fugitive as part of a plea deal.

His attorney Harland Braun has written to Los Angeles county superior court judge Scott Gordon in the hope of reaching an agreement that he has served his time, thanks to the contents of a sealed transcript from the prosecutor of the case collected in 2010.

Polanski was accused of drugging 13-year-old Samantha Gailey in 1977, before raping her at Jack Nicholson’s home in Los Angeles.

He served 42 days in prison in 1978 after admitting unlawful sex with a minor, before being released as part of another previously made plea deal, but after fearing that the deal was to be overturned by a judge, he fled to Europe where he has lived ever since.

The 83-year-old director was arrested while in Switzerland in 2009, in an attempt to extradite him to the US, and was under house arrest for 10 months.

The Swiss courts eventually rejected the extradition request, but another was made by US authorities while he was in Poland in 2015.

In December of last year, the Polish supreme court ruled he had served his time.

“After we confirm the contents, we will urge the court to recognise the Polish decision resulting from a litigation initiated by the (district attorney) and in which the DA participated,” Braun told AFP.

“If the court accepts the principle of comity, Roman can come to Los Angeles and to court without fear of custody.”

According to TMZ, Polanski wishes to return to the US to visit the grave of his late wife Sharon Tate, who was brutally murdered by Charles Manson and followers of his cult while she was pregnant .

He also wishes to be able to visit his daughter in London.

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