French court acquits filmmaker Polanski of defaming British actor

(14 May 2024)

Paris – 14 May 2024
1. Wide of interior of court
2. Wide of film director Roman Polanski’s lawyer Delphine Meillet walking on the corridor court
3. Wide of Charlotte Lewis, British actor and lawyer walking on the corridor court

ARCHIVE: Cannes – 17 May 2014
4. Various of Polanski and at premiere of "Saint Laurent"

Cannes – 25 May 2013
5. Tilt up of French actor and filmmaker Mathieu Amalric, Polanski and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner arriving for "Venus in Fur" premiere
6. Pan from press to Amalric, Seigner and Polanski on red carpet

Paris – 14 May 2024
7. Charlotte Lewis leaving court room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte Lewis, British actor: ++JUMP CUT++
”How do I feel? I’m a bit numb right now, so I don’t know how I feel. I feel a little bit upset. I don’t know. I don’t know how you feel. Really. I’m very grateful to the French justice system, and. We will be appealing. So for us, it’s not over. I don’t know. I don’t know how I feel. I’m sorry."

ARCHIVE: Paris – 30 October 2017
9. Wide of Roman Polanski arriving at "La Cinematheque Francaise" film institute
10. Various of Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner posing for photographers

Paris – May 14, 2024
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte Lewis, British actor:
"I think it’s a sad day for not just women, but men as well. I don’t know what else to say really? We’re going to appeal. So it’s not over. And. I just feel sad. I just feel sad for my family. It’s been 14 years, but I’m proud of myself that I kept it going with my fabulous lawyer and the legal team. Great, so professional and, and the support from, you know, some journalists and good friends and, yeah, I just, I feel I feel sad."
12. Various of Polanski lawyer Delphine Meillet talking to media
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Delphine Meillet, Roman Polanski’s lawyer:
“Symbolic day, because this is the first day of the festival de Cannes and the trial, three-woman, judges, three women, allowed Roman Polanski to tell the journalists, to the world that he is contesting the accusations against him, against Charlotte Lewis and against the others. So it means, they give him a permit to contest, which, before this trial, wasn’t sure. This is true. This is what the French judge said today for Roman Polanski."
14. Maillet
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Delphine Meillet Roman Polanski’s lawyer:
"The question that the court answered was whether you could defend yourself publicly when you are accused publicly. The answer is yes. You can challenge accusations; you can cast doubt on accusations. The court has just opened the door to the possibility of challenging the liberation of a woman’s word, which must not be taken as such, but which can be challenged, which must be challenged, which is allowed to be challenged. This is what the court has just said today. It’s a victory for the rights of the defence."
16.Wide of inside the court
A French court acquited filmmaker Roman Polanski Tuesday of defaming a British actor whom he described as a liar after she accused him of sexual assault.

The case stems from a 2019 interview with Paris Match magazine, where Polanski allegedly called Charlotte Lewis a liar following her accusations.

The court’s ruling did not address the truth of the rape allegation but focused solely on whether Polanski’s comments in the interview constituted defamation against Lewis. Polanski denied the charges.

The verdict was delivered Tuesday afternoon in a Paris court.

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