Monday, July 18, 2005
Roman Polanski's long awaited defamation suit against Conde Nast and its publication, Vanity Fair, finally began today, after Britain's high court ruled earlier this year that Polanski could give testimony via a video link from Paris. Polanski is suing over a 2002 article in which the magazine stated that he made advances toward a woman while he was on his way to Sharon Tate's funeral in 1969. Tate, Polanski's late wife, was among the people brutally murdered by followers of Charles Manson, for which he received the death sentence (later reduced to life in prison). Read Claire Cozens' article here. Read more about the Manson trial at Doug Linder's Famous Trials website here.