Roman Polanski wants to return to US

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski wants to return to US

Exiled director Roman Polanski is making a new push to finally put to rest his decades' old child rape case - and return to the United States, according to a report.

Polanski's lawyer Harland Braun sent a letter to Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking to unseal documents from 1977 detailing the agreement, which would prove Polanski has already served his sentence. What needs squaring: his punishment for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 at Jack Nicholson's house.

Polanski has been living in France, a country that refuses to extradite its citizens to the U.S. In 1978 he fled the USA on the eve of his sentencing, and authorities have had a warrant for his arrest since then. As the story goes, the judge in the case in 1978 allegedly changed his mind on the plea deal agreed to by the prosecutors and decided not to accept it (judges can do this, but it's an uncommon practice).

Polanski completed the stint in lock-up and underwent psychiatric evaluation - and Braun now wants the court to honor the plea deal, the site said.

In 2009, the Chinatown director was captured in Switzerland and spent 334 more days in custody while US authorities unsuccessfully attempted to extradite him. Upon hearing this, Roman fled to Europe rather than spending 50 years in prison, the prison sentence that the judge was reportedly going to impose.

We're told Braun wants to clear the way for the 83-year-old famed director and husband of Manson murder victim, Sharon Tate, to come to L.A. and resolve the matter, so he will no longer be a fugitive. He has not been able to visit his daughter in London, either.

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