Friday, July 22, 2005

Vanity Fair Guilty

A guilty conscience needs no accuser.

Reuters reported that Roman Polanski won his libel case against Vanity Fair on Friday, ending a trial in which he gave video evidence from Paris to avoid extradition to America where he is wanted for having sex with a girl aged 13.

The film director was awarded 50,000 pounds (approximately $100,000 U.S. dollars) in damages. He went to court in London to sue the magazine's publishers over an article in July 2002 alleging he had tried to seduce a woman in a New York restaurant while on his way to his slain wife's funeral in August 1969.

Vanity Fair had conceded the article was inaccurate, saying the incident actually took place several weeks after Sharon Tate's murder by followers of the Charles Manson clan, but had maintained the gist of the contested passage in the article was true.

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