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Roman Polanski might return to the U.S.

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Even though his legal counsel successfully argued against an extradition order late last year, Roman Polanski is pondering doing the right thing and returning to the United States. The director will even go back to court, but not to discuss carrying out the remainder of his sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. According to Deadline, these are the conditions Polanski would like met if and when he comes back to the U.S. Polanski‘s attorney Harland Braun tells the publication that they’re looking to unseal a “secret transcript” of the 2010 testimony of former prosecutor Roger Gunson.

The testimony reportedly alludes to “a judicial promise from the late 1970s that would have seen the controversial The Pianist director spend 90 days in a psychiatric evaluation.” That was the deal Polanski thought he was getting after being convicted on five charges of engaging in unlawful intercourse with a minor. But the judge in his trial, the late Laurence Rittenband, ended up throwing the deal out, with the intention of sentencing Polanski to up to 50 years in prison. When the director caught wind of this change of heart, he fled the country. Now his attorney is angling to have that transcript and one from a 2016 conversation he had with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Michele Hanisee unsealed. A hearing is set for February 24.


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