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Entertainment US Polanski - Presser on Polanski, file intv with Samantha Geimer
09/28/2009
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NAME: US POLANSKI 20090928E TAPE: EF09/0918 IN_TIME: 10:37:46:24 DURATION: 00:02:13:11 SOURCES: ABC/HBO DATELINE: Los Angeles - 27 Sept 2009/FILE RESTRICTIONS: No Access NAmerica/Internet SHOTLIST ABC/HBO Documentary Films via ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA/INTERNET ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Date, Location Unknown 1. Roman Polanski walking, followed by media, in the 1970s 2. Zoom into Polanski reading a newspaper in a cafe, shot through a window 3. Clip of Polanski's film "The Pianist" ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Los Angeles, California - 2003 4. Audience at the Academy Awards applauds when Polanski (who is not present) wins an Oscar for "The Pianist" 5. Harrison Ford accepting Oscar for Polanski ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Location Unknown - 1977 6. Polanski with his attorneys HBO Documentary Films via ABC - No Access N America/Internet 7. Various still film clips of then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: California - date unknown 8. Shots of the California jail where Polanski spent 42 days ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Paris, France - date unknown 9. Various of Charles De Gaulle airport ABC - No Access N America/Internet Los Angeles, California - September 27, 2009 10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Steve Cooley, Los Angeles District Attorney: (++SOUNDBITE STARTS ON PREVIOUS SHOTS++) "He wouldn't surrender himself. He fled this jurisdiction to avoid sentencing. He fled the jurisdiction. So it took this long because he was a fugitive. Well, now he's no longer a fugitive." ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Date, Location Unknown 11. Polanski walking ABC - No Access N America/Internet Paris, France - 1994 12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Roman Polanski, Film Director: "I think at the time I had a hard time to persuade myself that it was wrong, because I don't think anybody was hurt. (Dissolve) Later on, I realised, you know, it's just, you know, I was too close to the forest to see the trees." HBO Documentary Films via ABC - No Access N America/Internet Poland, Date Unknown 13. Early black and white Polanski film shot in Poland ABC - No Access N America/Internet 14. Clip of Polanski's film "Rosemary's Baby" ABC File - No Access N America/Internet Date/Location Unknown 15. File of Polanski's wife, actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered by Charles Manson followers ABC - No Access N America/Internet 16. Clip of the Polanski film "Chinatown" ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Date and location unknown 17. Still photos of then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer ABC - No Access N America/Internet Recent 18. SOUNDBITE: (English) Samantha Geimer, then 13 year old girl who Polanski had unlawful sexual intercourse with:(++SOUNDBITE STARTS ON STILLS++) "He asked me to like change and change in front of him and stuff. It didn't feel right. I didn't at that time have the like self-confidence to tell my, you know my mother and everyone, 'No, I'm not going to go.'" 19. Still photos of Geimer today, in her mid-40s ABC - No Access N America/Internet Date/Location unknown 20. Polanski looking over a balcony ABC - No Access N America/Internet Recent 21. SOUNDBITE: (English) Samantha Geimer, then 13 year old girl who Polanski had unlawful sexual intercourse with: (++SOUNDBITE STARTS ON PREVIOUS SHOT++) "You know, if he could, I'm sure he'd go back and he wouldn't do it again." ABC - No Access N America/Internet FILE: Switzerland - Recent 22. Various of Polanski appearing on the red carpet at a film festival ABC - No Access N America/Internet Zurich, Switzerland - September 27, 2009 23. Pan of protestors outside the Zurich Film Festival 24. Man holding up "Free Polanski" pass 25. Various of pro-Polanski protestors outside film festival STORYLINE Acclaimed film director Roman Polanski was in his third day of detention after Swiss police arrested him Saturday on an international warrant as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a "convicted felon and fugitive." The director had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. He was sent to prison for 42 days but then the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. On the day of his sentencing in 1978, aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time, Polanski fled to France. He hasn't set foot on U.S. soil in 31 years, and he's avoided countries that might extradite him. He won an Oscar for The Pianist in 2003, and he had actor Harrison Ford collect it for him. "He fled this jurisdiction to avoid sentencing," said Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. "It took this long because he was a fugitive. Well, now he's no longer a fugitive," Cooley added. Now, Polanski is in a Swiss jail awaiting an extradition hearing. Polanski was interviewed by ABC News in 1994: "I think at that time I had a hard time to persuade myself that it was wrong, because I don't think anybody was hurt," Polanski said at the time, adding, "Later on I realised, you know, it's just, you know, I was too close to the forest to see the trees." Polanski learned his trade in Poland and earned global acclaim with his first Hollywood feature, "Rosemary's Baby," released in 1968. The following year his actress wife, Sharon Tate and their unborn son were murdered by followers of Charles Manson. The film "Chinatown" followed in 1974 and then three years later, the unlawful sexual intercourse with 13-year old Samantha Geimer (GUY-MER) during a photo shoot. "He asked me to, like, change and change in front of him and stuff. It didn't feel right," Geimer said during a recent interview. Geimer, now in her 40s, said she has forgiven Polanski and dropped her charges against him. "If he could, I'm sure he'd go back and he wouldn't do it again," Geimer said in the interview. There have been strong shows of support from the film industry and even from the French government, who've rallied around the Oscar-winning director. Polanski's lawyers say they will put up a fight to prevent him being extradited back to the US. An international tug-of-war over the 76-year-old director escalated Monday as France and Poland urged Switzerland to free him on bail and pressed U.S. officials all the way up to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the case.
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