Roman Polanski's Rape Victim Believes He Should be Set Free

Polanski's French legal team said the film-maker was not intending to be present at a hearing scheduled for next week in Los Angeles to consider a request.

He has alleged that he was mistreated by a judge and prosecutors, but subsequent judges have ruled the Oscar victor must return to Los Angeles for the case to be resolved.

Braun believes the prosecutor's secret testimony supports Polanski's claim that he had an agreement to serve just 48 days and that - taken with the Polish decision - it should convince the United States authorities Polanski has served his time.

Polanski maintains he fled for Europe in 1978 because he feared the now-deceased judge overseeing his case would renege on a plea deal stipulating he would only serve a maximum 48-day sentence.

Gordon is expected to hold a hearing on Braun's request to unseal the Gunson transcripts on February 24.

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This file photo taken on October 30, 2015, shows Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski arriving for a press conference after his trial at the regional court in Krakow, Poland.

Polanski's lawyers sought to unseal the testimony, but prosecutors objected to unsealing the transcripts, and a judge agreed.

In 1977, Los Angeles director Roman Polanski was convicted of raping a 13-year old girl at a Hollywood party and has been on the run ever since but may soon return to the USA for the first time in four decades. As a condition of the deal, he was required to serve 90 days in state prison while undergoing psychiatric evaluation. The Polish Supreme Court also dismissed the United States order and declared that he had served his time under the plea deal.

Polanski wants to visit the grave of his second wife, Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, celebrity news website TMZ reported.

Samantha Gailey, who has since changed her name to Geimer, has herself called for the charges to be dropped, saying she now considered Polanski her co-victim due to the case dragging on for so long. Polanski also avoided returning to the accept the Oscar for his film The Pianist.

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