Lawyer: Honor Polanski's Secret Deal, Let Him Come Back
Says LA court should let director come back to US without jail time
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2017 11:45 AM CST
In this March 20, 2015, file photo, film director Roman Polanski appears at a debate at the Paris Book Fair in Paris.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)

(Newser) – It's been 40 years since Roman Polanski set foot on the US mainland, but the disgraced director is said to want to square things up and come back to America without facing jail time, TMZ reports. What needs squaring: his punishment for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 at Jack Nicholson's house. Lawyer Harland Braun reportedly wants long-sealed testimony in the Polanski case opened to prove that Polanski had cut a deal to spend just 48 days behind bars for the sexual assault. But when the director of Rosemary's Baby was released after serving 42 days, which included psychiatric evaluation, the judge (now deceased) who'd reportedly signed off on the deal allegedly had a change of heart and decided 50 years in prison was a more just punishment.

Polanski fled to Paris, where he's been living as a fugitive since, shortly after he agreed to plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse and right before his sentencing, per Page Six. A Polish court ruling in a recent Polanski extradition case said Polanski, now 83, had honored his punishment with his original stint behind bars, prompting Braun to call for a Los Angeles County Superior Court to do the same. (Polanski was picked to lead the jury for France's equivalent of the Oscars this month—and women's rights advocates aren't happy.)

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