Self-exiled filmmaker Roman Polanski will not be hauled back into U.S. court over a 1975 case in which a then-10-year-old accused him of sexual assault, a law enforcement source tells Deadline. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office opted not to bring charges because the statute of limitations has expired.
The accuser had claimed that Polanski sexually assaulted her during a photo shoot on an L.A. beach.
The director behind such films as Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby and last year’s Based on a True Story has been living in Europe since he fled the U.S. 40 years ago after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl. His lawyers have been arguing that he was victimized by court misconduct and should be free to return to this country. Another accuser, known as “Robin M,” said in August that Polanski “sexually victimized” her in 1973 when she was 16. She said she would testify as to her own victimization if the original case ever was retried.
In October, about 40 women protested the opening of a Polanski retrospective in front of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. He has lived in France, Switzerland, and Poland since fleeing to the U.S.