Porn News

Polanski Suing Vanity Fair from Hotel Room

WWW- Film director Roman Polanski is due to appear in a London libel case via video link from Paris next week, setting a legal precedent and avoiding the risk of extradition to the United States for a child sex offence. Polanski is being allowed to sue the British publishers of Vanity Fair magazine from a hotel room in Paris after England’s highest court in February overturned an earlier ruling that would have forced him to come to London to fight his case. The 71-year-old has been wanted in the United States after pleading guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He skipped bail and fled the country for France before the sentence was pronounced. Polanski, who won a best director Oscar for The Pianist in 2003, has never been back to the United States or Britain, and if he came to London he would face possible extradition to America. He cannot be extradited from his native France. Polanski’s lawyers say it will be the first time a libel claimant has given evidence at trial via video link. “The idea, more than 25 years after Polanski left the United States, that he is still unable to return or even enter this country is extraordinary,” said Joshua Rozenberg, legal editor at the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Barring last-minute scheduling changes, the case will last about a week. Hollywood actress Mia Farrow will be called as a witness, as will Debra Tate, the sister of Polanski’s late wife Sharon, who was murdered in 1969. Polanski is suing Vanity Fair’s publishers for a July, 2002, article describing how the director flirted with a Swedish woman in a New York restaurant while on his way to his slain wife’s funeral in Los Angeles. One passage in the report, reproduced in court documents after the February ruling, quotes him promising the “Swedish beauty”: “I will make another Sharon Tate of you.” In fact, both sides in the case now accept that Polanski was not at the restaurant en route to Tate’s funeral, but was there within three or four weeks of the murder. Polanski’s lawyers deny there was ever any incident like the one described in Vanity Fair. At the time of the court decision in February, Vanity Fair said in statement: “The ruling does not affect the substance of the case which … is being vigorously defended by Vanity Fair.” The combination of a high-profile libel trial involving household names like Polanski and Farrow, and the prospect of him suing via video link from another country, mean the courtroom is likely to be packed. The case has generated debate in Britain about whether Polanski should be allowed to use the country’s legal system while avoiding the consequences of its laws. Polanski, who escaped German forces when he was a boy in Poland and whose mother died in a concentration camp, lives in Paris with his wife, the French actress Emmanuelle Seigner.



Related Posts

WIA Profile: Holly Randall

Each month, XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives.If you’re one of the many regular listeners to Holly…

Ryan Reid Named Twistys Treat of the Month for March

Twistys on Friday named newly minted Brazzers contract star Ryan Reid their March 2024 Treat of the Month.

Scarlett Alexis Named TeamSkeet’s ‘AllStar’ for March

MIAMI — Scarlett Alexis has been selected as TeamSkeet's AllStar for March, and is spotlighted in a new scene with Jay Romero. Titled "An Artist of All Things Naughty,” the scene kicks off with an interview, during which Alexis discusses…

Two New Dorcel Features by Franck Vicomte Hit the U.S

Dorcel on Thursday announced the unveiling of two new all-sex releases from veteran director Franck Vicomte.

How Sex-Ed Lays the Groundwork for Well-Informed Shopping

We often do some research before making purchases, whether by delving into a company’s background, exploring specific products or simply making sure we understand how to use something before we buy it. In the realm of pleasure products, however, it…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.