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Israel to honour Poles who hid Polanski during WWII

Warsaw - Israel will on Thursday honour the Polish couple who hid Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski from the Nazis as a child, the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem said.

US court rejects Polanski's bid to rejoin Academy

Los Angeles - Director Roman Polanski's legal battle against his expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was thrown out by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday.

Walkouts as Roman Polanski wins best director at French Oscars

Paris - Roman Polanski won best director for "An Officer and a Spy" at a fractious ceremony for the French Oscars, the Cesars, that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris early Saturday.

Brad Pitt snubs French Oscars as Polanski row rages

Paris - The "French Oscars" the Cesars will be awarded Friday in a poisonous atmosphere with Roman Polanski -- whose new film has the highest number of nominations -- staying away from the ceremony because he fears a "public lynching".

Fury as Polanski's new film tops French 'Oscar' nominations

Paris - Roman Polanski's new film "An Officer and a Spy" topped the list of nominations on Wednesday for the "French Oscars", sparking fury from feminists.

Polanski film tops French box office despite rape claim

Paris - Roman Polanski's new film is topping the French box office despite a new rape allegation against the controversial director.

Pressure mounts on Polanski over latest rape charge

Paris - Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski faced mounting pressure Sunday after threatening to sue over claims by a former actress that he violently raped her in the 1970s, the latest in a string of sexual assault accusations against him.

French first lady forwarded Polanski rape accuser's letters to officials

Paris - French first lady Brigitte Macron forwarded two letters written to her by a former model who has accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski of raping her as a teenager to two members of the government, her office said Saturday.

Polanski film premieres in Venice as scandal rages

Venice - Roman Polanski's new film premieres in Venice Friday after the defiant director lashed out at critics and as fury over his inclusion in the festival cast a shadow over the star-studded celebration of cinema.

Film Academy expels actor Cosby, director Polanski

Los Angeles - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Thursday that it has expelled actor Bill Cosby and film director Roman Polanski from its membership in light of the sexual assault cases against both men.

Swiss prosecutors rule out charges in new Polanski rape claim

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors on Wednesday ruled out bringing charges over the latest rape allegations against filmmaker Roman Polanski because the statute of limitations for the alleged 1972 assault had expired.

Polanski retrospective angers French feminists

Paris - French feminists have voiced outrage over a planned retrospective of the films of director Roman Polanski, who has been accused of several sexual assaults, calling it "an insult" to women following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Swiss prosecutors will examine new Polanski rape accusation

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Monday that they will examine allegations made by a German woman that filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her in 1972 in the town of Gstaad, when she was 15.

Swiss police probing new Polanski rape accusation

Geneva - Swiss police confirmed Tuesday they were investigating new rape allegations against Roman Polanski made by a woman who said the filmmaker assaulted her in the town of Gstaad in 1972.St.

US judge rejects Polanski victim's bid to close case

Los Angeles - A US judge on Friday rejected a bid by a woman Roman Polanski raped as a teenager to close the case, saying the fugitive filmmaker must appear in court for the matter to be resolved.

Polanski faces fresh accusation of sex attack on minor

Los Angeles - A third woman came forward Tuesday to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when she was a minor, four decades after he went on the run for raping another girl.

Polanski rape victim asks judge to close 1977 case as 'act of mercy'

Los Angeles - An American woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski as a teenager four decades ago pleaded with a California judge on Friday to end the case so she could move on with her life.

Polanski rape victim pleads with judge to close case

Los Angeles - An American woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski as a teenager four decades ago pleaded with a judge on Friday to end the case so she could move on with her life.

Polanski victim lashes out at US prosecutors

Los Angeles - The woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was a teen lashed out at prosecutors in the case on Tuesday, accusing them of seeking to further their careers rather than resolve the matter.

US judge mulls request to spare Roman Polanski jail

Los Angeles - A judge said Monday he would issue a written ruling on whether fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski can return to the US without fear of being jailed for having sex with a minor.

Roman Polanski in legal bid to return to US

Los Angeles - Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski plans to return to the United States and is seeking assurances he will do no further jail time over unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Roman Polanski in legal bid to return to US

Los Angeles - The fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski plans to return to the United States and is seeking assurances he will do no further jail time over unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The rape case that shadowed Polanski

Paris - Four decades on, award-winning film director Roman Polanski is still dogged by the greatest stain on his reputation: the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Polanski pulls out of 'French Oscars' after protests

Paris - Director Roman Polanski pulled out of his role Tuesday as the honorary host of the "French Oscars" -- the Cesars -- after pressure from women's groups and the government over his child rape case.

Protests as Polanski is asked to preside at 'French Oscars'

Paris - Feminists called for protests Thursday at the "French Oscars" next month after controversial film director Roman Polanski agreed to preside over the ceremony.

Roman Polanski: Polish Supreme Court rejects extradition to US

Varsovia - Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States, where he faces sentencing over a decades-old case of statutory rape.

Poland in new bid to extradite Polanski

Varsovia - Poland launched a fresh bid Tuesday to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing over a 1977 case of statutory rape.

Polish prosecutors uphold decision not to extradite Polanski

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors said Friday they would not appeal a court decision to extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing for statutory rape.

Polanski 'happy' after Polish court rejects extradition to US

Srodmiescie - Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski on Friday said he was "very happy" that a Polish court rejected a bid to extradite him to the United States to face sentencing for the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Polanski extradition ruling likely on October 30

Varsovia - A Polish court will probably decide on October 30 whether to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face charges of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, his lawyer said Tuesday. "We're almost there.
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