Polanski Once Again Seeks to Resolve 40-Year-Old Sex-Crime Case

Polanski Once Again Seeks to Resolve 40-Year-Old Sex-Crime Case

Roman Polanski's attorney argued in front of a judge Monday morning that Roman Polanski has already faced enough prison time for his 1977 statutory rape case, according to the LA Times.

Polanski's career has flourished despite the rape case.

The film director, a fugitive from the US since 1978, is asking a California judge to close the books on the case with a recognition that Polanski already has spent far more time behind bars than what was first intended by the judge who initially presided over his case.

"I'm not surprised that he left under those circumstances", Gunson told the interviewer. "I know that he's sorry and he didn't mean to hurt me".

In the 1990s, Polanski nearly struck a deal with the D.A.'s office that would have prevented more prison time if he returned to the U.S. More recently, though the district attorney's office has said he could face two years in state prison should he return for sentencing, according to the LA Times. "With such assurance by this current court, Mr. Polanski will return to Los Angeles to be sentenced". "Does she not recall that he fled because he had been twice lied to by this court?"

Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski will have to wait up to three months to hear whether he can resolve his four-decade-old rape case without serving more jail time in the United States.

Polanski, now 82, has been forgiven by the young teenager he reportedly plied with champagne and forced himself upon.

The hearing was the first time in seven years that a Los Angeles judge has considered Polanski's case, which dates to 1977.

Braun has said Polanski wants to be able to travel freely and to be able to visit the grave in the USA of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered in Los Angeles by followers of Charles Manson in 1969.

Extradition efforts in Switzerland and Poland have failed, but Polanski did serve almost a year in Swiss prison in the late aughts before authorities there chose to reject the United States' request and release him.

In response to the prosecution's latest filing, Braun wrote, "The District Attorney argues that Mr. Polanski forfeited his right to make requests when he fled".

Braun wrote that Polanski is asking the court to "keep its promise of 90 days or less" and accept the district attorney's representation to a Swiss court that Polanski has credit for 335 days already served, or to sentence him in absentia - without Polanski appearing in court - to the 335 days he has already served. The request was denied by judges who previously were assigned to the case, but upheld by a California appellate court based upon the fact the wealthy celebrity remains a fugitive. "He's not trying to bargain", Braun told Monday's hearing. Not only did he flee, he's fought all efforts to get him to return. In 2003, he won an Oscar for directing the Holocaust film The Pianist but did not travel to the United States to collect it.

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