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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Polanski to Testify Via Video-Link in Libel Case

Director Roman Polanski, who has lived in France since he pled guilty in 1977 in a U.S. court to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and then fled the country before he was sentenced, is preparing to testify via video link in his defamation case against Vanity Fair magazine. He claims that the periodical libelled him in a 2002 article when it wrote that he flirted with a Swedish woman while on the way to his wife's funeral in 1969. A lower court had ruled that in order to proceed with his case, Polanski would have had to come to London to testify. Setting foot in England would have put him at risk of extradition to the United States. But England's highest court overturned the lower court ruling, allowing him to use a video link from Paris instead. France will not extradite him to the U.S. Read Mike Collett-White's article here.  Read the opinion of the House of Lords overturning the lower court here.

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