LAPD investigating accusation director Roman Polanski molested 10-year-old

Angelo Anderson
December 13, 2017

The Los Angeles Police Department said it is investigating allegations that director Roman Polanski in 1975 molested a child when she was 10, even though the case can not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has expired.

Though police have conceded they can not prosecute Polanski even if they have solid evidence, they are proceeding with the investigation as it may assist with future prosecutions.

Though the case is well passed the statute of limitations, the LAPD is investigating in hopes that the results will aid them in other cases.

Authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into Barnard's claims, despite the case being too old to formally prosecute due to the statute of limitations.

Polanski, now 84, has been a fugitive from America since 1978, when he fled the country just before being sentenced for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Gailey. He splits his time between France, his native Poland and Switzerland.

The Associated Press reported that Marianne Barnard first told police in October that the Oscar-winning director molested her during a shoot in which he had her pose nude in a fur court. She did not immediately respond Tuesday to an emailed request for comment.

Harland Braun, Polanski's lawyer, spoke to reporters from TheWrap, saying that he thought Barnard's accusation was "bogus", and that nothing would come of it. Polanski was indicted on charges of rape, sodomy and furnishing drugs to a minor.

Polanski feared that the judge was going to renege on a plea agreement and send him away for more time than the six weeks he served in prison during a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing.

The director has evaded USA extradition efforts from Switzerland and Poland in recent years, while both he and Geimer have repeatedly asked for the case against him to be closed.

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