His wife, actress Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by followers of Charles Manson in their Hollywood home.
SHOWBIZ TONIGHT was there in London earlier this week when, in his defense, Polanski`s lawyers called actress Mia Farrow to the stand.
TV`s only live entertainment news show starts right now. HAMMER: "Vanity Fair" had claimed Roman Polanski tried to pick up woman right after the murder of his very famous and very pregnant wife. and Brooke, the court case brought together all of the ingredients of an international media story: a Hollywood actress, a grizzly murder and a fugitive on the run.
So I think people were surprised that his reputation had been harmed by this, because you could make the argument, how can you damage someone`s reputation who has been convicted -- who had been convicted of sleeping with a 13-year-old. It`s got sex, an Oscar-winning director accused of rape, Mia Farrow and a major magazine. HAMMER (voice-over): Also, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT goes in-depth. It`s something we`ve all done, talk about our boss behind his or her back. HAMMER: SHOWBIZ TONIGHT`s David Haffenreffer joins us now live the case of Roman Polanski v. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) HAFFENREFFER (voice-over): It was a case that involved Hollywood scandal, sex and murder. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) ANDERSON (voice-over): On SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, a stunning decision. ANDERSON: Today, a London court ended the libel showdown with a decision that has rocked Hollywood and the media world. The victory for Roman Polanski surprised those who watched the case, but for the 71-year-old film director, he was simply trying to right a wrong that appeared in a widely read magazine.It`s a rare judgment against a publication which has a staff of attorneys review every article before it`s published. That`s because he`s lived in France since fleeing the United States in 1978 to avoid child sex charges."Newsweek`s" Nicki Gostin tells SHOWBIZ TONIGHT that this could have repercussions for the industry. Had he come to London, he could have been arrested and sent to America.Polanski can`t be here because he slept with a 13-year-old girl a quarter of a century ago.