Roman Polanski: Requests to dismiss the decades-old sex charge
Academy Award-winning and four-time nominated Polish-French film director Roman Polanski has requested to a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to dismiss a 30 year old charge of unlawful sex with a minor. His lawyers said this.
The lawyers said that they have new evidence that Roman Polanski was a victim of prosecutorial misconduct in the three decade old case, in which he admitted at the time to "unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl". He was arrested after the parents of the girl complained to police. He fled the United States in 1978 after a plea agreement.
Roman Polanski, the director of classics movie such as "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown", has French citizenship and cannot be deported to the United States.
The charges against him were not dropped and Polanski never again set foot in the United States, not even to receive the 2003 Oscar awarded him for best director in "The Pianist".
A new team of lawyers representing Roman Polanski filed a formal request on Tuesday for dismissal of the criminal case with Los Angeles County Superior Court.
It is reported that he has already spent 42 days in a California prison for a psychiatric evaluation and then fled the United States before being sentenced.
The judge issued a warrant for arrest against Roman Polanski and that is still in effect.
Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for District Attorney Steve Cooley said, "We haven't seen what was filed, and as far as we're concerned Mr. Polanski has pleaded guilty and fled the court's jurisdiction prior to when he was sentenced. As far as we're concerned it is a matter between Mr. Polanski and the court. We're looking forward to see Mr. Polanski in Los Angeles to litigate it".