Prosecutors Decline to Bring New Charges Against Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

This past fall, artist Marianne Barnard came forward to accuse Roman Polanski of allegedly molesting her when she was 10 years old in 1975. As a result, the LAPD opened a new investigation into the director, who famously fled the country after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1977. However, according to the Associate Press, Los Angeles prosecutors will not be bringing new criminal charges against Polanski, as the statute of limitations on the 43-year-old case has expired.

According to Barnard, the director allegedly asked her to disrobe during a beach photoshoot, during which he served as photographer, before sexually assaulting her. “I started to feel very uncomfortable,” she told The Sun in October. “Then at some point I realized my mom had gone. I don’t know where she went and I didn’t really register her leaving but she was no longer there. Then he molested me.” Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun has denied the allegations against his client.

Prosecutors Decline to Bring Charges Against Roman Polanski