Legendary Director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, The Pianist), who testified against a Vanity Fair article - via video, of course, to avoid extradition in the US where that sex with a minor issue is still hanging over his head, just won his libel case in a British court. The VF's article claimed Polanski seduced a woman at a NYC restaurant en route to the funeral of his wife Sharon Tate and their unborn child, who were viciously murdered by the Charles Manson clan in 1969. So, if Gothamist gets this right, you flee a country because you're too spineless to face justice, only to seek it once a magazine dares to run some gossip - good to know that Polanski’s inability to self-examine himself is almost laughable.
However, under questioning from Vanity Fair's lawyers, Polanski did admit he repeatedly cheated during his marriage and was back on the casual sex circuit only 4 weeks after Tate's death, which Conde Nast questioned as a "callous indifference to her memory." Polanski maintained it was "quite the contrary, [as it] would be callous indifference if I did so using Sharon's name …" and that he seduced Swiss finishing school girls just the Christmas after to prove his "continued existence" after his wife's death. And Mia Farrow, star of Rosemary's Baby, testified that Polanski was grieving when she met him at Elaine's, shortly after Tate's murder. Give this man an Oscar! Oh, wait, they did.
Now Vanity Fair, which called Polanski a "fugitive from morality," is set to pay him $87,000. According to the AP, editor Graydon Carter found that verdict "amazing," and that "as a father of four children, one of them a 12-year-old daughter, I find it... outrageous that this story is considered defamatory given the fact that he cannot be here because he slept with a 13-year-old girl a quarter of a century ago." We're just wondering if Carter is going to make Polanski come to the U.S. to claim his check.