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In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with five offenses against Samantha Gailey, a 13-year-old girl<ref name="BBC2009-09-28">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> – rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.<ref name="Allen2009-10-01">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> At his arraignment Polanski pleaded not guilty to all charges,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> but later accepted a plea bargain whose terms included dismissal of the five initial charges<ref name="Romney2008-10-05">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse.<ref name="Romney2008-10-05" /><ref name="Palmer2009-09-28">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Polanski underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> and a report was submitted to the court recommending probation.<ref>http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/how-polanskis-probation-officer-saw-his-crime/</ref> However, upon learning that he was likely to face imprisonment and deportation,<ref name="Palmer2009-09-28" /><ref name="Cieply2009-10-02">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Polanski fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced.<ref name=autogenerated2>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and has avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.


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In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with five offenses against Samantha Gailey, a 13-year-old girl<ref name="BBC2009-09-28">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> – rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.<ref name="Allen2009-10-01">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> At his arraignment Polanski pleaded not guilty to all charges,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> but later accepted a plea bargain whose terms included dismissal of the five initial charges<ref name="Romney2008-10-05">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse.<ref name="Romney2008-10-05" /><ref name="Palmer2009-09-28">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Polanski underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> and a report was submitted to the court recommending probation.<ref>http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/how-polanskis-probation-officer-saw-his-crime/</ref> However, upon learning that he was likely to face imprisonment and deportation,<ref name="Palmer2009-09-28" /><ref name="Cieply2009-10-02">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Polanski fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was to be formally sentenced.<ref name=autogenerated2>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and has avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.


Roman Polanski sexual abuse case sections
Intro  Sexual abuse case  Arrest in Zurich  Legal actions  See also  References  External links  

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