Judge to hear new ar­gu­ments in Polan­ski case

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LOS AN­GE­LES: A judge is sched­uled to hear new ar­gu­ments from Ro­man Polan­ski’s (pic) lawyer about why the fugi­tive di­rec­tor’s long­run­ning un­der­age sex case should be drawn to a close.

Polan­ski’s lawyer has asked a judge to un­seal tes­ti­mony in the case, and also sig­nal whether the Os­car win­ner would face any ad­di­tional time if he were to re­turn to Los An­ge­les for sen­tenc­ing in the fugi­tive di­rec­tor’s un­law­ful sex with a mi­nor case.

Prose­cu­tors ar­gue Polan­ski, who fled on the eve of sen­tenc­ing in 1978, must re­turn to a Los An­ge­les court­room for the case to be re­solved.

Mon­day’s hear­ing will be the first one in Polan­ski’s crim­i­nal case in seven years.

It fea­tures an en­tirely new set of eyes on the case – it is the first time Judge Scott Gor­don, pros­e­cu­tor Michele Hanisee and Polan­ski’s at­tor­ney Har­land Braun will con­vene for a hear­ing.

The trio met in Gor­don’s cham­bers in Novem­ber, but a tran­script of the dis­cus­sion was sealed.

The case dates back to 1977, when Polan­ski plied a 13­year­old girl with cham­pagne and half a seda­tive be­fore rap­ing her at Jack Ni­chol­son’s house.

The vic­tim has said she for­gives the di­rec­tor and be­lieves the case should end.

Polan­ski has long con­tended he is the vic­tim of ju­di­cial mis­con­duct be­cause a now­de­ceased judge in the case sug­gested in pri­vate re­marks that he would re­nege on a plea bar­gain and sen­tenc­ing agree­ment that called for no more time be­hind bars for the di­rec­tor.

Prose­cu­tors how­ever ar­gue Polan­ski, 83, is try­ing to dic­tate terms in the case from afar with­out risk­ing fur­ther time be­hind bars.

Since flee­ing, Polan­ski’s move­ments have been re­stricted to his na­tive Poland, France and Switzer­land. — AP

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