Roman Polanski wants to come back to the U.S.

We are intimately connected with Roman Polanski, though we’ve we’ve only talked with the brilliant director once, and that was some years back when he was first trying to return to the country where he had served prison time for the statutory rape of a young woman a week before her 14th birthday.

There’s no question that it happened,. Polanski admitted it before the late Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, a peculiar character much like a smart Donald Trump in that he was obsessed with his own celebrity and deeply outraged anyone who dared criticize him.

Polanski’s able attorneys had negotiated a plea agreement with the judge, the District Attorney’s office, and the parents of the young woman, but the judge backed out after the director had served the agreed-upon time.

The reason he backed out: He was getting criticism from the wives of the members of the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club, where he spent much of the time he wasn’t serving on the bench.

We know this because he told us.

Just as personal ego is no basis for running a country, it’s no basis for running a courtroom either.

And now the only person who seemed to want Polanski to be exposed to the criminal justice system again is the elected Los Angeles County District Attorney.

It’s certainly not the woman at the center of the case, who has explicitly and repeatedly said she wants Polanski to be left alone.

From TMZ:

Roman Polanski will make a move next week to return to the U.S. and end his child rape case for good, without serving additional jail time.

Polanski’s famed lawyer, Harland Braun, has asked an L.A. County Superior Court judge to unseal a long-secret transcript of the testimony of the prosecutor in the Polanski case.

Braun believes the secret testimony supports Polanski’s claim that he cut a deal to serve only 48 days behind bars for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, and the judge signed off.

Polanski actually spent 42 days in Chino State Prison and was released. But Judge Laurence Rittenband allegedly reneged on the deal and told prosecutors he decided Polanski should spend up to 50 years in prison. That’s when Polanski fled the U.S. for Europe.

Polanski spent another 334 days in custody in Switzerland, while authorities tried to extradite him back to the U.S. A Polish court ruled Polanski has served his time under the plea deal, and now Braun wants the L.A. judge to honor that ruling.

For more on the case and Rittenband’s madness, see Marina Zenovich’s superb documentary, Roman Polanski, Wanted and Desired, in which we happen to be featured, both on- and off-camera.

And by all means, see our extensive posts on the case.


10 responses to “Roman Polanski wants to come back to the U.S.

  1. Do you think this will actually work? And I thought that Chad Hummel and the Dalton boys where defending Polanski. Have they quit for Braun? Thanks as always Richard.

    • Doug Dalton, who had been the lead attorney, is getting on in years, well over 80. Braun is the go-to guy these days, a former DA turned defense lawyer known for handling cases of the rich and famous. He knows the courts, the judges, and the prosecutors. It’s a good choice, and I suspect Dalton may have played the key role in the handoff.

  2. Roman Polanski wants to come to Culver City, California.

    Maybe for once in a lifetime
    California can give hiim a real break –

    as it seeks to be a sanctuary state

  3. April 2017

    County of Los Angeles Judge Scott Gordon agreed to hold a hearing later in April about unsealing controversial testimony that may help Polanski.

    The County of Los Angeles court has set a hearing on the Gunson testimony for April 26 2017!

    Rosemary’s Baby. Devil is in the details. Abuse of power. I know first hand.

  4. Wonder what will happen with this tomorrow. I wouldn’t dare to hope

    Polanski would be free to return to US a free man.

    A fellow human being like me – abused in the Santa Monica Courthouse

    20 years before me

    two different sides of the same coin – but just as abusive,

    no justice because justice was neither blind nor fair.

    The judge forced Polanski into self deport using bait & switch coupled with heavy coercion.

    The Devil is in the details for the director of Rosemary’s Baby!

    And the Devil is in the details also at the same Santa Monica Courthouse – in my case too!

    just different injustice, & corrupt tactics.

  5. Vexatious Litigant is what a federal district court Judge in California stigmatized/labelled me for reporting excessive force and corruption by Sheriff and Deputies!

    Deputy DA of LA also calls Polanski a criminal vexatious litigant in DA Hanisee’s opposition to the unsealing of ex-Deputy DA Roger Gunson’s 2010 testimony about Polanski

    Same old corrupt tactics…

    Degrade someone by calling them a derogatory term to justify more abuse of them.

    Fake labelling and stigmatization – is also a hate crime!

  6. A hearing on the motion to unseal Roger Gunson’s testimony has been rescheduled for June 9 2017.

  7. Hope springs eternal – in certain movies!

    On Roman Polanski’s 84th birthday – the County of Los Angeles judge ruled

    callously –

    Samantha Geimer, & the people of California – should receive justice – not a double standard, in the Santa Monica Courthouse, using hypocrisy and abuse of power!

    If California justice were just – that would be one thing – but it is not – it is crooked.

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