Roman Polanski Still Risks Jail Time If He Returns To The US, Judge Rules


If Roman Polanski returns to the States, he risks being put in prison.

On Monday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled against the runaway director’s petition to be able to return to the US with time served for raping a minor, TMZ reported.

Request refused:

Harland Braun, Polanski’s lawyer asked the judge to unseal a secret transcript that proved that in 1978, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband had accepted a plea deal, with Polanski set to serve a 48-day sentence.

Polanski spent an initial 42 days in prison before getting out on bail and an additional 10 months in prison and under house arrest in Switzerland, hence Braun wanting the new judge to sentence the director to time served.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the judge ruled that due to fleeing, he was in contempt of court. He can’t make deals with the court due to being a fugitive. The ruling echoed similar court decisions in the past.

The director was accused of drugging a 13-year-old girl before raping her at film star Jack Nicholson’s house in Los Angeles in 1977.

After a number of more serious charges were dropped, he admitted to statutory rape. He got out on bail after spending an initial 42 days in prison.

A decades-long cat-and-mouse game:

In 2009, he was arrested in Switzerland on a US extradition request and spent 10 months under house arrest before the request was rejected.

The director’s attorney told Angeles Superior Court that Polanski had ‘already done his time’ and wanted to resolve the case with a finding that he has completed his sentence. Polanski is currently living in Paris.

Braun asked Judge Scott Gordon to make prosecutors give some indication of how much time – if any – they want Polanski to serve if he returns. But the district attorney’s office objected to what they called an ‘advance preview’ of Polanski’s probable sentence.

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said ‘The people simply do not believe that it is in the best interests of justice to give a wealthy celebrity different treatment from any other fugitive from justice.’

Polanski ‘wants answers, but will only show up if he likes the answers,’ wrote Hanisee in a filing to the court. She added: ‘He forfeited his right to make requests of the court when he fled.’

US officials have been seeking Polanski’s extradition for trial for years, the two have been engaged in a decades-long cat-and-mouse game. However, the global audience is currently split between continuing indignation and forgiveness for his acts.

In January 2015, The United States asked Poland to extradite the director, but the country’s Supreme Court ruled that he had served his time under the plea deal.

Samantha Geimer, Polanski’s victim, has long stated that Polanski has suffered enough and should be allowed to return home.