Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. He fled the country for France before a sentencing hearing and remains at large.
CNN has reached out to his representative for comment.
In 2014, Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, petitioned the court to unseal then-Assistant District Attorney Roger Gunson’s deposition transcripts and investigate alleged judicial misconduct. Geimer has been notified of the court’s decision, the district attorney’s office said.
“My request has been repeatedly denied. I have been told that Mr. Polanski must turn himself in to US authorities for investigation of misconduct in this case. Furthermore, the testimony must remain sealed unless there is an investigation. I believe this answer is false,” Geimer wrote to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office last month as he pushed for the information to be released.
“This case has been described by the courts as ‘one of the longest-running sagas in California criminal justice history,'” Gascon said in a statement Tuesday. “For years, this office has fought for the release of information that the victim and the public have a right to know. After careful consideration of the victim’s wishes, the unique and extraordinary circumstances that led to her parole review, and my commitment to the transparency and accountability for everything in the justice system, my office has determined that it is in the interest of justice to accept the release of these transcripts.
In a 2010 interview with CNN, Geimer said he didn’t want to deal with the media circus surrounding the director if he ever returned to the United States and that he thought the judge in Polanski’s case had been dishonest with him.
“We are pleased that the appeals court agrees with both the victim and our office on the need for transparency,” Gascón said in response to the decision. “The court’s decision helped us move toward fulfilling our responsibility to tell the truth to the public and to listen to survivors. We hope it will give her a little reassurance that she can eventually have some kind of closure on her.” this decades-long litigation.
The office is not sure when or how quickly the court will open the documents.
The district attorney said Tuesday that he would no longer object to releasing the transcripts and filed a petition with the court asking for their release.
“Gunson’s plea was effectively a post-pleading evidentiary hearing on prosecutorial and judicial misconduct, rather than a conditional examination to preserve the testimony of a victim or witness for trial, and the security concerns that frequently present in cases where conditional tests are used are not present in this case,” Gascón said in his presentation. “Therefore, the transcript must be open.”
CNN has sought comment from Gunson.