Roman Polanski

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Poland: We Won't Send Polanski to US

Appeal ruled out in extradition case

(Newser) - Polish prosecutors have closed the Roman Polanski case, meaning the filmmaker can live and work in the country where he grew up and have no fear of extradition to the US . Prosecutors said Friday that an October verdict rejecting extradition for a 1977 statutory rape case was "right" and... More »

Polish Court to US: You Can't Have Polanski

Court denies US extradition request, but case may not be over

(Newser) - A Polish court has rejected a US request to extradite Roman Polanski, who admitted to having unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 but fled the night before he was to be sentenced. Judge Dariusz Mazur said granting the request would be "obviously unlawful," because it was unlikely... More »

Roman Polanski Faces New Hearing

Poland to decide on US request to extradite fugitive director

(Newser) - The US is still trying to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland, and the 81-year-old director will attend a hearing on the matter next Wednesday, his lawyer said today. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 but fled the US after serving 42 days in a plea... More »

Could Polanski Case Finally Come to an End?

That seems to be Alan Dershowitz's goal

(Newser) - More than 35 years later, Alan Dershowitz is trying to bring the case against Roman Polanski, who fled the US before being sentenced on a statutory rape charge in 1978, to an end. The lawyer has filed new paperwork in a California court calling for a hearing that could close... More »

US Once Again Looking to Extradite Roman Polanski

This time from Poland, it seems

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of US prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, said today the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings. Mateusz Martyniuk,... More »

Polanski Victim Book Has Cover Photo ... by Polanski

Hollywood Reporter gets an early look

(Newser) - A memoir by the woman raped by Roman Polanski as a teenager has a rather jarring cover image, reports the Hollywood Reporter . It's a photo of then 13-year-old Samantha Gailey taken by Polanski himself. The image came from a photo session with the director in 1977—he coaxed her... More »

Polanski Victim Signs Book Deal

Samantha Geimer aims to 'reclaim identity'

(Newser) - The 13-year-old girl Roman Polanski had sex with is writing a book—35 years after the day that made the film director an international fugitive. The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski, by Samantha Geimer, will be published late next year by Atria Books, reports CNN . “I... More »

Sharon Tate's 'Engagement Ring' Up for Auction

She was wearing it the night she was murdered, auctioneers claim

(Newser) - An engagement ring that an auction house says was worn by Sharon Tate the night she was murdered by Charles Manson's crazed followers is up for sale next week, reports the New York Daily News . Director Roman Polanski gave the Valley of the Dolls star the 4-karat opal stone... More »

Polanski Picks Up Award, 2 Years Late

'Better late than never,' fugitive director tells Zurich film festival

(Newser) - Two years to the day after the Swiss arrested him for child sex offenses committed in the US in 1977 , Roman Polanski picked up his lifetime achievement award at the Zurich film festival. "What can I say? Better late than never," said the director, who was freed from... More »

Book Claims Pianist Hero Was a 'Gestapo Man'

New book alleges that Wladyslaw Szpilman worked with Nazis

(Newser) - Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life Polish pianist whose memoir inspired Roman Polanski’s award-winning film The Pianist, actually collaborated with the Gestapo, according to a new book. Entitled Accused: Wiera Gran, the book quotes the private notes of Wiera Gran, a deceased Polish singer who once claimed that Szpilman “formed... More »

Roman Polanski Handcuffed, Raped Me: Ex-Model

Edith Vogelhut reports new claims, from 1974, to DA

(Newser) - Now that Roman Polanski is free in Switzerland , another victim is coming forward—and this one claims she was “anally raped repeatedly” by the director in 1974. Former model Edith Vogelhut, at the time a 21-year-old Glamour magazine editor, tells Radar it started when she met Polanski at a... More »

'Misogynistic' Church Would Let Polanski Stay a Priest

Maureen Dowd unimpressed by new edict on sexual abuse

(Newser) - If Pope Benedict was trying to do penance for the sex abuse scandal this week, he'd better say a few billion more Hail Marys, because equating the ordination of women as priests with the rape of young children wasn't quite the way to do it, writes Maureen Dowd in the... More »

Polanski Victim: Drop the Case, He's No Threat

She doesn't want prosecutors to keep going after him

(Newser) - One person of note disagrees with US prosecutors' decision to keep going after Roman Polanski—his victim. "Enough is enough," Samantha Geimer tells the Los Angeles Times . "This matter should have been resolved 33 years ago." Geimer, who had sex with Polanski as a 13-year-old in... More »

US Not Giving Up on Nailing Polanski

Rape of a 13-year-old 'is not a technicality'

(Newser) - The US is "deeply disappointed" by the Swiss decision to free film director Roman Polanski, and authorities are considering what action to take, said a Justice Department official. Polanksi, 76, was freed after 9 months under house arrest when the Swiss Justice Ministry refused to comply with America's "... More »

'Rat' Polanski Deserves a Boycott

Confessed rapist 'has never shown remorse'

(Newser) - The Swiss government's decision to free Roman Polanski on a technicality is bad enough; the fact that a lawyer for the filmmaker and confessed rapist called the move "a great relief after the pain suffered by Roman Polanski and his family" is "the definitive textbook example of unmitigated... More »

Swiss Free Polanski, Refuse to Extradite

US didn't make case for extradition on 33-year-old charges, say Swiss

(Newser) - It's over: The Swiss government declared Roman Polanski a free man today after rejecting a US request to extradite him on a charge of having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss blamed US authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's sentencing procedure in 1977-1978. The... More »

Manson Disciple Loses Bid for Freedom

Slasher Leslie Van Houten blows 19th try

(Newser) - Charles Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten lost another bid for freedom yesterday after decades behind bars for her role in the notorious 1969 Manson "family" cult killings. Van Houten, 60, didn't take part in the murders of Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and 4 others in the film... More »

Polanski Sexually Abused Me in 1982: Actress

Charlotte Lewis, 42, says filmmaker 'forced himself' on her in 1982

(Newser) - A British actress says Roman Polanski, who is currently under house arrest after raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, "forced himself" on her in 1982 during the filming of Pirates. Polanski "sexually abused me in the worst possible way when I was 16 years old," Charlotte Lewis... More »

Polanski Breaks Silence, Blasts Prosecutors

Director breaks silence to accuse LA DA of courting publicity

(Newser) - Filmmaker Roman Polanski, breaking a months-long silence, said today the US is demanding his extradition from Switzerland largely to serve him "on a platter to the media." Polanski, who is under house arrest in his Swiss home, laid out his case against extradition on an online magazine run... More »

Woman: I Posed for 'Charming' Dating Game Killer

On a NYC rooftop with Rodney Alcala, and lived to tell the tale

(Newser) - Judy Cole posed for a serial killer and lived to tell the tale. Cole and eight other women came forward this week after police released a trove of pictures taken by photographer-turned-serial-killer Rodney Alcala, also known as the Dating Game killer , who was sentenced to death last month. Cole tells... More »

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