Reps mum on rumors of Polanski’s L.A. return

Has director Roman Polanski — who fled to France two decades ago rather than face punishment for having sex with a 13-year-old girl — reached an agreement with prosecutors to return to Los Angeles?

Only Polanski’s lawyer knows for sure, and he isn’t commenting.

But the writer-director’s court file, which has been dormant for 10 years, shows a pair of updates, the most recent being a Jan. 31 conference held between Polanski’s attorney Douglas Dalton and prosecutor Roger Gunson.

But no entry is more recent or indicates an agreement has been reached on a sentence that would spare Polanski any jail time. Several TV stations on Tuesday aired reports of Polanski’s alleged deal.

Sources at the offices of the L.A. County District Attorney and the Los Angeles County Sheriff told Daily Variety that Polanski remains an actively sought fugitive, and if he were to return to L.A., he would be immediately arrested.

International Creative Management chief Jeff Berg, who represents Polanski, also declined to comment.

A District attorney spokeswoman said late Tuesday “we have not agreed to any sentence.”

The court file also indicates that the bench warrant for Polanski’s arrest on one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor remains active and has a no-bail hold. If he were to be arrested, he would likely be held in custody until sentencing.

But the case was quietly reactivated in December, and there were two closed-door meetings — Dec. 5 and Jan. 31— between Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler, Deputy District Attorney Gunson and Dalton, according to court session minute orders.

D.A. sources said contact between Dalton and prosecutors has been infrequent over the years, with talks centering on Polanski’s return to L.A.

None of the minute orders described the nature of the discussions or any details, but all were in-camera hearings — conferences held in judge’s chambers — without a court reporter present.

“Bench warrant remains outstanding,” the final minute order said.

The new documents were buried in an inch-thick Polanski court file in which the other most recent entry was March 10, 1978.

Gunson, the original prosecutor in the 1977 case, refused to discuss the report or any aspect of the Polanski case. Several messages left for Dalton weren’t returned.

Polanski, who is in Vienna directing a stage musical version of his 1967 film “Dance of the Vampires,” which is premiering Saturday, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Polanski, now 63, was indicted in 1977 on six felony counts, accused of drugging and raping a girl after he contracted to photograph her for a French fashion magazine.

The director of “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” lured the girl to Jack Nicholson’s home while the actor was away, prosecutors alleged.

Polanski then gave her the sedative methaqualone — also known as Quaaludes — and champagne and had sex with her, they claimed.

The director faced up to 50 years in prison if convicted on the six counts, but in a plea bargain, Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The five other counts were dismissed.

Polanski failed to show up for sentencing in Santa Monica, and fearing that Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband would sentence him to prison, fled the country.

Dalton told Rittenband (now-deceased) that Polanski fled the U.S., and a bench warrant for his arrest issued during that session remains in effect.

The girl, now a mother of two who now lives in Hawaii, said in a magazine article this year that she doesn’t object to Polanski’s returning to L.A. or a sentence that avoids incarceration.

The renewed interest in Polanski started Tuesday with a report by “KTLA Morning News” entertainment reporter Sam Rubin. On the morning newscast and during entertainment reports on radio KNX 1070, Rubin said a deal was worked out with prosecutors that would spare Polanski from any jail time and permit him to continue his career in Hollywood.

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