Friday, July 22, 2005
Director Roman Polanski has won a 50,000 pound judgment against Vanity Fair and Conde Nast for defamation after the jury handed down its verdict today in London. The defense acknowledged that it made factual errors in its story but maintained that the story was substantially true. Its case may have fallen apart when Beatte Telle, the woman whom Polanski was alleged to have approached, was apparently never called to give evidence. Observers estimate that Conde-Nast's legal fees could run as high as high as 1.5 million pounds. Read more in a Times of London story here and in Reuters' story on CNN's website here.