Roman Polanski making legal bid to return to US

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Lawyer Harland Braun reportedly wants long-sealed testimony in the Polanski case opened to prove that Polanski had cut a deal to spend just 48 days behind bars for the sexual assault.

The Best Director Oscar-winner ("The Pianist") was indicted in 1977 on five charges, including "rape by use of drugs" and "furnishing a controlled substance to a minor", after having sex with 13-year-old girl who had been brought over to his house for a photo shoot.

Fugitive movie director Roman Polanski plans to return to the United States, his lawyer said Thursday, and is seeking assurances he will do no further jail time over the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Polanski, 83, spent 42 days in Chino State Prison and was released.

Polanski says the judge, Judge Laurence Rittenband, reneged on the plea deal and insisted he serve up to 50 years in jail after the agreement was signed.

In 2009 he was imprisoned in Switzerland while USA authorities attempted to extradite him. "If the Court accepts the principle of comity, Roman can come to Los Angeles and to court without fear of custody".

The gossip website reports The Pianist director is aiming to bring legal proceedings to a close in order visit his actress daughter Morgane Polanski who stars in the History Channel TV show Vikings, in the United Kingdom and the grave of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered by followers of cult leader Charles Manson in 1969.

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.

According to TMZ, Polanski seeks to travel Europe freely and be able to visit his wife's gravesite in Culver City, Calif. Polanski had lured her there on the pretext of photographing her for French Vogue.