Less than a week after offering to return to the United States to face rape charges so long as he would be guaranteed no jail time, Roman Polanski has been informed that no such deal will be made. After admitting his guilt, Polanski was initially offered a deal whereby he would spend a mere 90 days in custody for psychiatric evaluation, but fled the US after being informed that the judge in question had changed his mind and would push for heavy jail time. The demands of a no jail guarantee made by Polanski’s legal representation (the latest of many attempts to resolve the matter and allow Polanski back in the US) hinge on the conditions of this initial deal, but the LA DA is not convinced.
39 years after fleeing the US in the face of rape charges, Roman Polanski has at last agreed to return, but with one somewhat unbelievable caveat. Deadline report that the 83-year old French-Polish director’s legal representation has told the the Los Angles Superior Court that their client will come back to LA and face his charges so long as he is given the guarantee that he will serve no jail time. The motion filed by attorney Harland Braun declares, “Mr. Polanski asks this Court to acknowledge that he was promised a specific custody portion of his sentence by Judge Rittenband and he has more than fulfilled the custody portion of his sentence under the principle of comity, California law and the admissions by the District Attorney to the Polish Court.
Roman Polanski could be set to return to the US after almost 40 years as a fugitive as part of a plea deal. Polanski was accused of drugging 13-year-old Samantha Gailey in 1977, before raping her at Jack Nicholson’s home in Los Angeles.
Controversy has surrounded France’s 2017 Cesar Awards as feminists voiced their concern over director Roman Polanski’s proposed involvement. In case you hadn’t heard, bosses at the Cesar Awards had hoped to appoint the famed film director as president of this year’s event, which was bound to cause controversy and anger due to the ongoing US arrest warrant he has after fleeing the country before his rape trial dating back to the late-1970s. To clarify, Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old – a crime which he pleaded guilty to in a capacity of statutory rape in 1977.
A petition calling for his dismissal was launched online and received over 60,000 signatures, while women’s rights group Osez le Feminisme called for a boycott of the event. Announcing his withdrawal, his lawyer Herve Temime told the Associated Press that he would be stepping down ‘so as not to disrupt the Césars ceremony, which should be devoted to cinema and not to the designation of its president’. Speaking to RTL radio yesterday, Polanski’s friend Theirry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival, said the movie maker was ‘devastated’ by the renewed criticism.