Magazine article Screen International

Roman Polanski Deal to Avoid Jail for Rape Rejected by US Judge

Magazine article Screen International

Roman Polanski Deal to Avoid Jail for Rape Rejected by US Judge

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A deal for Roman Polanski to return to the US without going to prison has been rejected by a US court.

The Pianist director has been on the run from the US since 1978 after pleading guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor.

Polanski's lawyers said he was willing to return to the country if he was assured he would not serve more jail time, but this has been rejected.

At a hearing before Judge Scott Gordon last month, prosecutors said the 83-year-old filmmaker should not receive special treatment as a "wealthy celebrity".

A ruling released on Monday from Los Angeles Superior Court said: "Judge Gordon has ruled that defendant's motions and corresponding requests are denied."

"Polanski is not entitled to avail himself of this court's power to hear his demands while he openly stands in contempt of a legal order from this very court," the Judge added.

Polanski served 42 days in prison in 1977 after he was accused of drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. …

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