In 1977, French director Roman Polanski was arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl. He pled guilty to unlawful intercourse with a minor and took a plea bargain—but ended up fleeing the country after learning he could face a harsh sentence.
Now, Polanski is requesting that a 2010 transcript of prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson be unsealed, which is said to contain a judicial promise that would have allowed the director to spend 90 days in a psychiatric evaluation—presumably instead of jail. Deadline describes Polanski's request to unseal the transcript as a clear attempt to return to the U.S. and avoid jail time, which has lead to an opposition filing and a call to bring Polanski back into the country to sit trial.
Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee explains in the filing:
Polanski has been living in Europe since fleeing America, and there have been several attempts to extradite him. He's continued making movies during this time, including The Pianist. The request to unseal the 2010 transcript will be argued in the presence of LASC Judge Scott Gordon on March 20, so stay tuned.
Mehera Bonner is a news writer who focuses on celebrities and royals.
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