Fugitive director Roman Polanski could face a tough U.S court battle next week as he seeks to resolve his four-decade rape case without spending more time in jail.
Los Angeles prosecutors said in a court filing ahead of a hearing on Monday that the Oscar-winning movie maker could not dictate the terms of his return to the United States from afar, reports Reuters.
Polanski’s attorney will ask a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to rule that Polanski fulfilled his time behind bars in 1977, when he served 42 days ahead of sentencing for the rape.
Attorney Harland Braun has said Polanski wants to travel freely, without risk of extradition, and to return to the United States to visit the grave of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered in Los Angeles by followers of Charles Manson in 1969.
The case of French-Polish Polanski, 83, has been a cause celebre for 40 years. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles in 1977 to having sex with a 13 year-old girl and served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain. He later fled the United States, fearing a lengthy jail sentence if the agreement was overruled.
Prosecutors said in the court documents filed on Thursday that the “Rosemary’s Baby” director had made repeated requests for special treatment.
“The defendant is, once again, trying to dictate the terms of his return without risk to himself …. (He) wants answers – but will only show up if he likes the answers,” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey wrote.
“There will be no discussion regarding what will happen until Mr. Polanski returns,” Lacey added.
Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, has long made clear she believes Polanski’s self-imposed exile has been punishment enough.
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