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Polanski Finds Minor Problem with Sex Case

12/2/2008 9:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Roman PolanskiIt's been 30 years since Roman Polanski was charged with having sex with a teenage girl, but it's never too late to try and have the case dismissed.

The Oscar-winning director has filed a request to have the child-sex charge against him tossed out, the AP is reporting. His lawyers claim a documentary about Polanski that was released this year revealed "misconduct and improper communications" between the judge and prosecutors in his case.

Polanski was initially indicted on six felony counts and could have gotten life in prison. Instead, he pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor -- the other counts were dismissed.

Polanski skipped sentencing and fled the country when he was charged in 1978 and hasn't returned to the U.S. since. He won the Oscar for directing "The Pianist" back in 2003, but skipped the ceremony because there is still an active warrant for his arrest.

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Barfalufugus    

Does anyone even care anymore?

2047 days ago
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Jatti    

he looks like ted kopel in this picture. the pianist was a great movie.

2047 days ago
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dizzy    

He's a guilty SOB. He ought to be thrown in jail. Innocent people don't flee the country or try to worm their ay out of a jm by creative leagal maneuveing.

2047 days ago
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Kurt    

I really don't think anyone cares anymore, and after all this time maybe the case should be dismissed. But on the same token, it would also send a wrong message that it's okay to have sex with minors as long as you leave the country for 30 years.

2047 days ago
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heather    

there are some people who still care. they're the people with morals. and the people who care about the safety of children.

it sickens me that criminals can get off because of these technicalities (i'm looking at you terrorist bill ayers).
"improper communications"??? what the hell kind of nonsense is that???

2047 days ago
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Ms_Tell_It_Like_It_Is    

He made the plea deal, he fled the country, he has to live with his actions. If he finds something wrong with the communications and conduct between the judge and prosecutors, he needs to take a look in the MIRROR at all of his conduct and think again.

2047 days ago
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Kate    

Did any of you actually watch Wanted and Desired? The judge should have been imprisoned. Let him back in. He's the most talented director out there, of course coming back to LA could ruin his stifle his talent. And this is coming from someone who DOES have morals, unlike Sam Geimer and her mother. The only rape that happened that night was statutory.

2047 days ago
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Zoya    

When Polanski was nominated for the Pianist NBC or someother news program interviewed the girl he was accused of having consensual sex with. She stated that she wanted the charges dropped that she never suffered any ill effects from her encounter with him and that the prosecutors need to drop the case. This is a dead case--- for the main reason the alleged victim states she is not a victim and deos not want this case to go forward.... Example of overzealous prosecution their was misconduct on this case from the very begining on the prosecution side

2047 days ago
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C HA S T I T Y . . B O N O    

RITTERBAND was a S.O.B. who was detemined to get the proverbial 'pound of flesh'.
Since the alleged victim herself states that she has not suffered and would like the matter dropped, then so be it !

2047 days ago
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ln    

OF COURSE EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT, BUT REGARDING ROMAN, THIS MAN HAS SUFFERED ENOUGH. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE FACTS, FINDINGS, STATEMENTS FROM THE VICTIM AND POLANSKI'S MULTIPLE DEVASTATING LOSSES AND SUFFERINGS THROUGH OUT HIS PRODUCTIVE LIVE......ENOUGH.....LET HIM RETURN TO THE U.S. AND VISIT HIS MURDERED WIFE AND BABY'S GRAVE.

2047 days ago
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Fred    

Well, the no victim no case defense seems to be working for pedophile celebs these days

2047 days ago
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yer mom's soo effin hot!!    

Oh come on TMZ, he won an Oscar! His d^ck is clean enough for an 11 year old!

2047 days ago
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Fred    

Mike Vick also suffered catastrophic career losses but didn't have the luxury of living on the lam in France for 30 years. Shoul we release him from prison tonight on the same logic?

2047 days ago
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Jerry Jarvela    

Anyone who is familiar with this case understands that it should no longer exist.

2047 days ago
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Mariah    

For the love of god, the girl was 13 at the time. 13!! Not 16 or 17. Calling her a teenager is a technicality. And for those who say it should be dropped ask yourself if you would think that if that were your daughter. Or the fact that your daughter would have been likely "deflowered" (to pick as nice a word as I can) by a big-time Hollywood director makes it all okay? Of course the victim doesn't care anymore. 30 years probably does make a difference. She probably still has stars in her eyes like she did back then. The whole thing disgusts me. He can rot in Europe as far I care. Just because he lost his wife and child in a grisly manner does not excuse abandoning all decency and intellect.

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