Director Roman Polanski is revisiting the nearly 40-year-old case that forced him into exile all those years ago. The AP reports that an attorney for Polanski asked a judge in Los Angeles to unseal testimony given by a former prosecutor who handled the 1977 sexual assault case.
“Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun wrote the judge a letter made public Thursday that he is seeking to unseal the letter because it is crucial to attempts to resolve Polanski’s case,” the AP reports. “The Academy Award-winning director pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl but fled to France in 1978 when the now-deceased judge in the case suggested in private remarks that he would renege on a plea bargain and sentencing agreement.”
The latest move seeks to unseal testimony from retired Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson, who handled Polanski’s case.
“Gunson gave the testimony over three days in 2010 in case he was unable to testify at any future proceedings in the case,” the AP notes. “Braun contends Gunson’s testimony might help Polanski’s argument that he has already served his time in the 1977 case by spending more than 300 days in jail and house arrest in Switzerland during a failed extradition effort in 2010.”
A hearing was set for Feb. 24, with Braun noting that Polanski will not attend.