Roman Polanski has been trying to reenter the United States for years, though his exile in Europe hasn’t prevented him from making films and receiving money and accolades. In his latest attempt to come back the US, he was rejected once again, and the judge didn't give him any other options.
Polanski was convicted of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in 1978. Polanski has always alleged that the judge in his case accepted a 48-day jail sentence in a plea deal with Polanski, and has been demanded that sealed court records be opened to show the secret testimony confirming he has served his sentence and should be allowed to return without additional jail time.
The judge in the original case has firmly denied the existence of such a deal, and supposedly had considered a 50-year sentence for Polanski. TMZ reports that the new judge in the Polanski case, who was petitioned by his lawyer Harland Braun in L.A. County Superior Court, is also without sympathy for Polanski’s situation.
Braun submitted the argument that Polanski has fulfilled his jail time irregardless, having served 334 days in Switzerland while authorities attempted to extradite him to the U.S. The county judge disagreed with Braun’s argument, saying Polanski was in contempt of court for having fled the country all those years ago.
Polanski also petitioned for information on how he might accomplish returning without further jail time if his bid for the sealed transcripts didn’t come through. According to TMZ, the judge was extremely unhelpful. The Polanski team will need to regroup and reconsider their strategy—or just get comfortable where they are.