Roman Polanski: Court orders unsealing of document

The controversial director has been on a pole of shame since he fled America

Jul 15, 2022 - 13:03
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Roman Polanski: Court orders unsealing of document

The nearly 45-year-old rape case for which French-Polish director Roman Polanski, winner of the Oscar for directing the film "The Pianist" and fugitive from justice, was accused, according to the prosecutor, will be "unsealed" by the disclosure of certain important documents, the media reported.

After the Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon's statement that "after several decades, the office will not object to the publication of a disputed document in the case of director Polanski", the public was faced with a possible unraveling of the whole case.

Transcripts of the court case, which represents one of the longest unsolved cases in California, in which Roman Polanski is charged with the crime of rape of a minor, will be open to the public after 45 years.

In the sealed testimony of the prosecutor at the time, Roger Gunson, it is stated that the director was accused of having an illegal sexual relationship with a thirteen-year-old girl in 1977 and that he pleaded guilty then.

But the attorney in the case, Harland Braun, points out that Gunson was questioned about alleged judicial irregularities in the handling of the case that caused the director to flee the country in 1978, before the verdict was handed down, and that the aforementioned transcripts reveal many unresolved issues and judicial irregularities from that period.

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Braun said in his statement that this document is extremely important because it explains "why Polanski fled the US", adding that this is the first time there has been any progress in the case.

On the other hand, the prosecutor points out that this decision was reached after a conversation with the victim, Samantha Geimer, who stated "that she is traumatized by staying on this controversial issue and that she is asking for the disclosure of disputed documents."

Several years ago, Samantha Geimer publicly said that she forgave Polanski, and before the court, she asked the prosecutor to drop the prosecution of the director.

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