Convicted child rapist and fugitive Roman Polanski, 88, gets the VIP TREATMENT at Rolling Stones concert

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Roman Polanski made a rare appearance for the first time in years at a Rolling Stones concert in Paris on Saturday July 23, as Los Angeles prosecutors revisit his 45-year-old rape case.

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Polanski, 88, was accompanied by his wife of 56, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner. The couple, who married in 1989, were seen walking through Longchamp Racecourse while wearing clothes with VIP stickers, Daily Mail reported.

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Polanski has multiple sexual misconduct allegations and ongoing legal issues against him since 1978 after he escaped the United States while awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl . He has long argued that the judge broke his promise not to jail him and that he was the victim of judicial misconduct.

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In 1977, Polanski was accused of drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. It wasn’t until Geimer came forward to publicly identify herself and told police he drugged her champagne and forced himself on her at Jack Nicholson’s house, Polanski admitted to having had affairs. sex with the minor. Polanski agreed to plead guilty in exchange for the prosecution dropping drug, rape and sodomy charges after refusing to testify in court.

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Director Roman Polanski and actress Emmanuelle Seigner attend the ‘Based on a True Story’ photocall during the 70th Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 27, 2017 in Cannes, France (Getty)

Court records from the case were finally released last week after years of secrecy, and they appeared to support Polanski’s claim that the judge acted improperly. Now Polanski and his legal team argue he should be convicted in absentia, ending his years of wanted status. He expected Judge Laurence Rittenband to sentence him to probation in 1978, but learned just before the hearing that the judge would jail him for up to 120 days instead.

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At Jack Nicholson’s home in 1977, 13-year-old Samantha Geimer alleged to police that Polanski spiked her champagne and forced her to have sex with him. Rittenband, who died in 1993, said he needed to be tougher on the director, who was 45 at the time because he had been influenced by the media. He guaranteed he would be released from prison within 120 days, but Polanski fled to France out of resentment at their broken promise. Since then, he has resisted attempts to extradite him to the United States as a wanted person or have him convicted in absentia. He stayed in Europe.

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The file is under review

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office isolated the case for decades, but it is currently under review. A request by journalists to make the documents public led to the recent release of hundreds of pages of testimony from former Assistant District Attorney Roger Gunson. All parties involved support the request; Geimer, 59, wants the case dismissed and Polanski wanted them made public to demonstrate judicial misconduct.

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Last week, LA DA George Gascon agreed that the documents should be unsealed after initially opposing efforts to make them public like his predecessors. According to one of his advisers, the case has been suspected for 40 years and was ordered to be unsealed by the California Court of Appeals, based in Los Angeles.

In 2010, at the request of Polanski’s legal counsel, Gunson provided the testimony. He had unspecified health issues at the time, which Polanski’s team believe may prevent him from testifying in the future if the case is ever reopened. The testimony appears to support Polanski’s claim that the judge acted improperly and shows how upset almost everyone involved, including prosecutors, Polanski and the victim, was.

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Polanski’s lawyers are fighting to end his fugitive status

To end his current status as a fugitive, Polanski’s lawyers plead for him to be sentenced in absentia. They want him to receive a sentence for the time spent. Geimer wants the case dismissed after winning $600,000 from Polanski in a civil settlement.

In 1978, Rittenband sentenced Polanski to 90 days in state prison. The prison recommended that the film’s director not serve any further time after spending 42 days there for a psychiatric evaluation. Prosecutor Gunson claimed Rittenband told Polanski’s team he would sentence him to 120 days in jail but would let him out early because he believed the recommendation was a “laundering”.

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Roman Polanski attends the 70th anniversary of the 70th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Roman Polanski attends the 70th anniversary of the 70th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 23, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Gunson admitted in his testimony that because there was no predetermined sentence, the judge could sentence Polanski to up to 50 years in prison. Panicked, Polanski fled.

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Despite Geimer’s repeated requests to unseal the documents and drop the case, prosecutors have previously pointed to Geimer as justification for secrecy. In order to persuade a judge to drop “a 40-year sentence that was imposed on the victim of a crime as well as the perpetrator”, she flew from her home in Hawaii to Los Angeles in 2017. “Out of pity for myself and my family, I beg you to think about doing something to finally end this situation,” Geimer had said.

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Geimer wrote a memoir called “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski” and released it years ago. On the cover is a photo taken by Polanski. She begged Gascon to consent to the documents being unsealed last month.

Courts have called the case one of the longest running sagas in California criminal justice history. The documents were later mandated for public release by the California Court of Appeals.

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