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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 »

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 »

'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 »

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 »

Polanski Files New Appeal

Lawyers allege judicial misconduct in 1977 case

(Newser) - Roman Polanski's lawyers filed a new appeal yesterday, alleging judicial misconduct in the director's 1977 case. Polanski's team says that a prosecutor from the case gave secret testimony on the matter earlier this year. They are now asking for the transcripts of the testimony to be unsealed. They are also... More »

Polanski Wife: I'm No Longer Carefree

Seigner says house arrest has upended family

(Newser) - Roman Polanski's wife says his imprisonment and house arrest has crushed her spirit and terrified the couple's two children. "I am no longer such a carefree person," Emmanuelle Seigner told Polish magazine Viva. "I am no longer the same Emmanuelle." Seigner and the children no longer... More »

Polanski Wins Berlin Film Award

Gets Best Director nod for Ghost Writer

(Newser) - Roman Polanski may be stuck in a Swiss chalet under house arrest, but his latest film is packing movie houses and just won him a Best Director award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Ghost Writer, a thriller starring Ian McGregor, is the story of an author who’s... More »

Polanski Must Be Sentenced in LA: Judge

Fugitive director can't learn fate in 1977 rape case in absentia

(Newser) - Roman Polanski can't remain under house arrest in Switzerland while he's sentenced in Los Angeles for statutory rape committed in 1977—he must appear in court in the US, a superior court judge ruled today. "I have made it clear he needs to surrender," said Peter Espinoza. "... More »

Polanski's Wife Defends Him

In rare interview, Emmanuelle Seigner says 1970 were 'crazy time'

(Newser) - Roman Polanski's wife has defended her husband in a rare interview, calling the 1970s a "crazy time" of "sexual liberty and permissiveness." Speaking to the French edition of Elle, Emmanuelle Seigner says she's "not a super-liberal person who thinks that nothing is serious." But the... More »

Polanski Sues Media for Privacy Invasion

Director seeks end to media spotlight

(Newser) - Roman Polanski and his wife are suing several French publications for invading their privacy during the film director's house arrest. The photographs the couple object to include one of Polanski standing at the window of his Swiss chalet, and one of Polanski's wife, Emmanuel Seigner, walking down a street. The... More »

Polanski: Sentence Me in Absentia

Court suggested procedure as solution to stalemate

(Newser) - Roman Polanski today asked a Los Angeles judge to sentence him in absentia for his 1977 conviction for statutory rape—a move suggested earlier by an appellate court after it dismissed the director’s request to have the charges dismissed. Polanski, 76, is under house arrest in Switzerland as a... More »

'Overwhelmed' Polanski Thanks Supporters

Also thanks 'unknown friends' around the world

(Newser) - In his first public comments since he was locked up in September, Roman Polanski has written a letter of thanks to French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and his many “unknown friends” around the world. “I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is when... More »

Polanski May Still Dodge US Jail Time

Court offers director a road map to freedom

(Newser) - The California court that rejected Roman Polanski's request to dismiss his case because of judicial misconduct yesterday outlined a way for the case to be resolved without the director being extradited to the US, the Los Angeles Times reports. The three-justice panel recommended that the director be sentenced in absentia,... More »

Calif. Court Won't Dismiss Polanski Case

Misconduct by original judge not sufficient to throw out charges

(Newser) - A California appeals court won't drop the statutory rape case against Roman Polanski on the basis of alleged judicial misconduct. A 70-page opinion issued today acknowledged the " extremely serious allegations " the fugitive director's raised about alleged misconduct by the judge who first handled the case in 1977. Polanksi... More »

Polanski Moved to Secret Location

Swiss seek to shield director from the media

(Newser) - Roman Polanski has been shifted from a Zurich jail to an undisclosed location for "security reasons and personal protection," say Swiss authorities. Polanski will be released to his Alpine chalet today and authorities plan to restrict access to the neighborhood if the media become disruptive. The filmmaker will... More »

Check Out Polanski's Chalet—Er, Prison

Director awaiting extradition can throw parties, but can't leave

(Newser) - Security technicians put the final touches on the electronic monitoring system at Roman Polanski’s Swiss chalet ahead of the director’s arrival there under house arrest. Swiss officials say they await only the arrival of $4.5 million in bail, after which Polanski will be free to leave prison... More »

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