A US appeals court has ordered that a key recording sought by Roman Polanski can be sealed, so that the filmmaker’s 45-year-old rape case can be re-examined.
t came less than 48 hours after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said it would no longer object to the release of the document.
District Attorney George Gascon said the decision was made following a letter from Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, who has sought to dismiss the case for years.
At the age of 13, Polanski pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her.
Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sex with a minor in August 1977 but fled the United States to France before the sentencing hearing.
He has lived abroad since then.
“We are pleased that the appeals court agreed with both the victim and our office on the need for transparency,” Gascon said.
“The court’s decision has moved us forward to uphold our responsibility to tell the public the truth and listen to survivors.
“We hope it gives her a small measure of assurance that she can finally have some measure to end this decades-long litigation.”
The District Attorney’s Office said Ms. Geimer was briefed on the court’s decision and was “very grateful” that their position was supported.
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“It’s never too late to do the right thing,” she said.
It is unclear how long the extraction of the documents will take.
Polanski, known for films like The Pianist and Chinatown, remains a fugitive from justice and has been urged to surrender before the Los Angeles County Superior Court for conviction.
The director was married to actress Sharon Tate and shared a house with her before being murdered at the hands of the Manson Clan cult in 1969.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/us-court-of-appeal-agrees-to-unseal-documents-in-roman-polanski-rape-case-41838792.html US Court of Appeals agrees to unsealed documents in Roman Polanski . rape case