03:49 PM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 08/29/2014 06:35PM
It was an unusually warm day in Southern California on Aug. 9, 1969.
The Tate family had just moved from Northern California to the Los Angeles area, where their oldest daughter, Sharon Marie, 26, was winning fame as Hollywood's latest "It Girl."
Originally posted 08/27/2014 09:00AM
Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Between Aug. 8 and 10, 1969, the bizarre, cultish group known as the Manson Family committed a series of gruesome murders near Hollywood, California, that claimed seven lives, including those of director Roman Polanski's then-pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and coffee heiress Abigail Folger.
Originally posted 08/27/2014 08:00AM
Sharon Marie Tate was a star on the rise. The studios were grooming the 26-year-old California blonde to be the next Marilyn Monroe. She was married to acclaimed film director Roman Polanski and was on the verge of giving birth to their baby boy.
Originally posted 05/14/2010 03:35PM
Four years after he fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, Roman Polanski "forced himself" on another woman, then 16, in his Paris apartment, the woman alleged Friday.
Charlotte Lewis of London, who appeared in Polanski's 1986 film Pirates, made the allegation in a press conference held at her attorney Gloria Allred's Los Angeles office. Allred described Polanski's alleged behavior as "sexually predatory conduct."
Originally posted 05/02/2010 07:00PM
Roman Polanski broke his months-long silence on Sunday, claiming he's being treated unfairly by being kept in Switzerland while facing the possibility of extradition to the United States for a decades old crime.
In the statement printed on a French magazine Web site, the 76-year old director of Chinatown and The Pianist says, "I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words. I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."
Polanski accuses American authorities of trying to extradite him for publicity and "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."
Originally posted 02/20/2010 07:00PM
Roman Polanski won the Silver Bear as best director for The Ghost Writer, his film starring Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall, which premiered last week at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The 76-year-old director was unable to attend the premiere screening or the awards ceremony in Berlin because he cannot leave his home in Switzerland.
He remains under house arrest in his villa in Gstaad while the Swiss justice system considers the legalities of his extradition to the US over his conviction of having sex with a minor in 1977.
Originally posted 11/25/2009 12:45PM
A Swiss court granted Roman Polanski a $4.5 million bail on Wednesday – but the director won't walk free quite yet.
He'll have to remain behind bars while the Swiss government decides whether it wants to appeal the decision. It has 10 days to file the necessary papers.
Under the agreement with the court, the 76-year-old would wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle and remain under house arrest at his family chalet in Gstaad while the U.S. and Switzerland work out his extradition for sentencing on his decades-old guilty plea for sex with a minor.
Originally posted 10/23/2009 09:00AM
U.S. Embassy officials in Bern, Switzerland, formally submitted an extradition request for Roman Polanski to the Swiss government on Thursday night, but a lawyer for the film director said his client will continue to resist deportation.
"Mr. Polanski has not changed his course. He will not accept the U.S. demand for extradition," Polanski attorney Herve Temime told the Agence France-Presse.
That comment comes just days after another Polanski lawyer hinted that the Hollywood director, 76, might stop fighting extradition and allow himself to be brought to California to "explain himself."
Polanski is wanted in the U.S. after skipping bail in 1978 for the 1977 rape of a then 13-year-old girl.
Originally posted 10/21/2009 02:10PM
After weeks of trying to fight possible extradition to the U.S. to face decades-old rape charges, Swiss-held director Roman Polanski may allow himself to be brought to California to "explain himself," one of his senior lawyer said Wednesday.
"An extradition procedure could take months," attorney Georges Kiejman told Europe 1 in a radio interview. "It could lead towards extradition if the Swiss judiciary doesn't hold with the arguments put before it. If that procedure drags on forever, it's possible Roman Polanski will finally choose to go to explain himself in the United States ... where arguments in his favor exist."
If it comes to pass, it would be a significant change in tactics for Polanski, 76.
Originally posted 10/19/2009 08:30AM
Director Roman Polanski was transferred from prison to a Zurich hospital for medical examinations Friday. The hospitalization, which is expected to last several days, involves an undisclosed medical condition.
The famed filmmaker was arrested in September on decades-old rape charges from the U.S., and is awaiting a possible extradition to California.
It's the second hospitalization for Polanski, 76, who has actually been admitted on at least one previous occasion since his arrest in Zurich on Sept 26.
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