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LAPD Opens New Sex Assault Investigation Into Roman Polanski Even Though Case Can’t Be Prosecuted

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The Los Angeles Police Department said it is investigating allegations that director Roman Polanski in 1975 molested a child when she was 10, even though the case cannot be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has expired.

French-Polish director Roman Polanski poses during a photocall prior to the screening of his movie "D'apres une histoire vraie" ("Based on a True Story") at the Cinematheque in Paris on Oct. 30, 2017. (Credit: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images)

French-Polish director Roman Polanski poses during a photocall prior to the screening of his movie “D’apres une histoire vraie” (“Based on a True Story”) at the Cinematheque in Paris on Oct. 30, 2017. (Credit: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images)

Josh Rubenstein, the LAPD communications director, said the department is committed to investigating such claims because even if charges cannot be brought, the evidence could aid in the prosecution of other cases.

Over the years, at least six women have accused Polanski of sexually abusing them, with most of them saying the abuse happened when they were minors. Despite the Paris-based director’s status as a fugitive and repeated efforts to get him back by prosecutors, he remains active in the film industry and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The latest LAPD report involves Marianne Barnard, an artist who has accused the director of molesting her during a 1975 photo shot at Will Rogers State Beach after he had her pose naked with a fur coat. Barnard reported the allegation to police in October.

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