Roman Polanski ready to settle decades-old rape case

Feb 17, 2017, 00:32
Roman Polanski ready to settle decades-old rape case

Braun believes the secret testimony supports Olanski's claim that had an agreement to serve just 48 days.

Exiled director Roman Polanski is making a new push to finally put to rest his decades' old child rape case - and return to the United States, according to a report.

Now, TMZ reports the 83-year-old's attorney Harland Braun wants US courts to honor the original plea deal and unseal secret testimony that proves the agreement so that his client can travel freely around the world.

This March 8, 2007 file photo shows attorney Harland Braun outside a Beverly Hills, Calif., courthouse. As the story goes, the judge in the case in 1978 allegedly changed his mind on the plea deal agreed to by the prosecutors and decided not to accept it (judges can do this, but it's an uncommon practice).

Polanski, who holds French and Polish citizenship, has mostly lived in the two countries since.

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In Switzerland, Polanski spent an additional 334 days in custody as authorities attempted to extradite him to the U.S.

The gossip website reports The Pianist director is aiming to bring legal proceedings to a close in order visit his actress daughter Morgane Polanski who stars in the History Channel TV show Vikings, in the United Kingdom and the grave of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered by followers of cult leader Charles Manson in 1969.

A Polish judge ruled in Polanski's favor, saying he'd served his time indicated in the deal.

The filmmaker was accused of drugging Samantha Gailey before raping her at a friend's house in Los Angeles in 1977. He wants to freely travel in Europe and visit Tate's gravesite at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.