16 February, 2017
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Looks like there might be some movement in Roman’s 1977 case. It looks like it might have something to do with the sealed transcript given by then District Attorney Roger Gunson from back in December 2009 while Roman was under house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland. This testimony directly impacted both the Polish and Swiss decisions in not to extradite Roman to the United States based on the 1977 bench warrant currently still active. This new action is coming almost 40 years to the date of the event that caused Roman to flee injustice.

Roman Polanski Gets New Court Date That May See Him Return To U.S.

EXCLUSIVE: Almost 40 years after he fled the U.S. to escape a long jail stretch for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski may be one step closer to coming back to Los Angeles to face justice on his own terms. It’s a Hail Mary step that the Oscar-winning director, now 83, only intends to take if certain old testimony becomes public and he is assured he won’t end up behind bars again, Deadline has learned.

“Once we unseal the secret transcript and the Court agrees to follow the Polish decision, Roman will return to be sentenced to probation and end the issue of an outstanding arrest warrant,” Polanski attorney Harland Braun told Deadline today, regarding how this could all play out if an upcoming hearing in front of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon goes their way.

After a receiving a letter from Braun last week seeking to potentially reset the case’s parameters, Gordon has set a hearing for February 24 to address a request to unseal 2010 testimony by former prosecutor Roger Gunson. That testimony is said to detail a judicial promise from the late 1970s that would have seen the controversial The Pianist director spend 90 days in a psychiatric evaluation.

It was the apparent breaking of that promise by now-deceased Judge Laurence Rittenband that caused Polanski to flee American justice in 1978, and he has fought several extradition attempts ever since. Most recently that included a December 2016 decision by Poland’s Supreme Court to uphold a previous ruling by a lower court in the country of Polanski’s birth that rejected a 2015 extradition request by the U.S.

Polanski holds dual citizenship in Poland and France, where he currently lives. The latter nation prohibits extradition of its citizens, while Polish law does not.

Tellingly, Braun now also wants unsealed the transcript of a conversation he had Gordon and L.A. County Deputy D.A. Michele Hanisee on November 23, 2016 “concerning possible litigation in the …case” before the Polish high court ruling was made.

“The sworn testimony of Mr. Gunson taken together with the Polish decisions raise the question of whether the principle of comity should command or persuade the Court to follow the findings of the Polish court,” Braun wrote in his February 6 letter to Gordon that kicked off the latest chapter in the Polanski saga. The letter also pulls the current L.A. County D.A.’s office in the matter, inferring that Jackie Lacey’s team confirmed the 90-day deal from 1977. “The principle of comity may also be strengthened by the participation of our DA in the Polish litigation,” Braun adds. “Our DA specifically answered factual, procedural, and sentencing questions propounded by Judge Mazur in Krakow.”

Lacey’s office did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment on Hanisee’s participation in that 2016 meeting, or the D.A.’s take on the Polanski matter.

Polanski’s current lawyer has not been so reticent.

“I believe there is no current excuse or justification for keeping DDA Roger Gunson’s sworn testimony under seal,” the Braun & Braun LLP lawyer says in his letter. “Therefore, on behalf of Roman Polanski, I request that it be unsealed and that I be allowed to make a copy to assist me in the preparation of possible motions.”

Convicted on five charges stemming from having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Gailey on March 10, 1977, Polanski made a deal that saw him plead guilty to having unlawful sex intercourse with a minor. The Chinatown director initially spent 42 days in the California Institute For Men and was released, with the deal to include time served and probation.

All that changed when, after feeling Rittenband had thrown the plea deal in the trash and intended to see him in jail for up to 50 years, Polanski made tracks just before sentencing in 1978. For several years now, Polanski’s victim has said she believes that the director’s exile has been punishment enough; she and Polanski came to a financial settlement of around $500,000 in the mid-1990s.

Besides the Polish matter of 2015 and 2016, the last decade also saw a prolonged and botched case to get Polanski to face American justice in 2009 and 2010, back when Steve Cooley was still L.A. County D.A. In 2014, Alan Dershowitz unsuccessfully attempted to have the Polanski case dropped for the director.

Now, with a new lawyer in Polanski’s corner, it could start up all over again.


 14 February, 2017
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A bunch of photos of Sharon and Roman from 1968. Hard to believe that Sharon had less than two years to live. These photos are all dated pretty much the same way as unfortunately, I don’t have actual dates other than when they were archived by the source. Included is a set of Roman and Sharon on a staircase either in their Mews House in London, or at a club and are pictured with Sharon’s former fiance Jay Sebring. Jay would loose his life along with Sharon on 09 August 1969. All in all Roman and Sharon look the epitome of the 60s couple, and Sharon never looked lovelier.

 14 February, 2017
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These images are from 1967 where Sharon visited Roman on the set of ROSEMARY’S BABY in New York. She and Roman can be seen walking the streets of the city.

 14 February, 2017
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The first official upload is from 1959, a photo essay with a then twenty-six year old Roman Polanski with his first wife Barbara Kwiatkowska-Lass. Here Roman and Barbara do some post-Christmas shopping in Paris. The assignment was for Paris-Match and featured Barbara, not Roman. Roman and Barbara were married for three years before divorcing in 1962.


 10 February, 2017
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We finally have a layout I’m happy with. I think it looks amazing. I’m also in the process of trying to figure out how to arrange the gallery, and getting some articles up in the press section. I am thinking that I’m going to post as I build, sort of as I add things to the gallery it’ll be documented here. That way I can actually build the site’s content as well. I’ve also decided to put out feelers to anyone who would like to contribute to the site in terms of creating biographies for each of the principles, I’d love to have your input. I also want biographies for those who were killed alongside Sharon on that night in August 1969. So for anyone wishing to do that, check out the sidebar under the Projects section. Please submit your work there by clicking on the photo. I’m also in the process of getting the legal section up that will include things on the murders as well as Roman’s 1977 case that will contain the truth of what happened, not the over-glorified soundbite lies the media have furnished. So that’s it for right now. Please keep an eye on this space for further updates.

 01 November, 2015
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Hello and welcome to TATE-POLANSKI ONLINE @ a website dedicated to film director Roman Polanski, slain American actress Sharon Tate, French actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner, and French actress Morgane Polanski. It is my hope to bring to you all the news on Roman, Emmanuelle and Morgane’s careers as well as updates as to the parole hearings and other news regarding the late Sharon Tate and those who murdered her and her unborn son and friends. This is not a gossip site and will not be someplace for Roman Polanski’s haters to come and spew about his 1977 legal case, nor is this a place for Charles Manson supporters to come and spread their lies about the man or to support those who murdered Sharon, Voytek Frykowski, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Steven Parent, Leno LaBianca and Rosemary LaBianca. Please click on the menu link to the About page to read up on what is allowed here and to find out the long ranging aims of this site. There is so much that still needs to be done with the site, and things might be a little slow in getting into the gallery and the main site, but I’m hoping to get these things done in a timely manner. The press section still needs to be put up as well as the forum needs some work. If you’re a fan of these four, please feel free to come back often to see the many updates to the site, as well as the latest news on their careers and such. I hope you enjoy your stay and enjoy your time. Thank you for your interest.