FILE – This Feb. 25, 2015 file photo shows filmmaker Roman Polanski during a break in a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor, in Krakow, Poland. A Los Angeles judge has set a hearing for Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, to address a request by Polanksi’s lawyer to unseal testimony from a former prosecutor who handled the fugitive director’s 1977 sexual assault case. (Alik Keplicz, File/Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES — Roman Polanski’s attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to unseal testimony given by a former prosecutor who handled the fugitive director’s long-running sexual assault case.
Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun wrote a letter filed Feb. 10 seeking to unseal testimony given in 2010 by a former prosecutor handling Polanski’s case. Braun’s letter states the testimony is crucial to attempting to resolve Polanski’s case.
Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and fled the United States in 1978 on the eve of sentencing.
He has alleged that he was mistreated by a judge and prosecutors, but subsequent judges have ruled the Oscar winner must return to Los Angeles for the case to be resolved.
A hearing has been set for Feb. 24.
Celebrity website TMZ was the first to report the development Thursday.
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