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Polanski to give video testimony
Roman Polanski
Polanski lives in Paris with his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner
Film director Roman Polanski is due to give evidence in a London libel case next week, via video link from France.

Mr Polanski, 71, is bringing libel action against the magazine Vanity Fair in the English High Court.

But to avoid the risk of extradition to the US, where he is wanted on an outstanding child sex offence, the director will give evidence from Paris.

In February, Law Lords ruled that Mr Polanski should not be denied access to justice because of extradition fears.

Mr Polanski fled the US more than 25 years ago after admitting having sex with 13-year-old girl.

French citizen

As a French citizen, Mr Polanski cannot be extradited to the US from France, but that protection would not apply were he to travel to the UK.

Mr Polanski has issued libel proceedings against Conde Naste, publishers of Vanity Fair, over an article published in July 2002.

Mia Farrow
Actress Mia Farrow is expected to testify at the trial

At the time of the Law Lords' ruling, the magazine said the substance of the case would be "vigorously defended".

Mr Polanksi's lawyers say it will be the first time a libel claimant has given evidence at trial via video link.

Actress Mia Farrow is expected to be called as a witness, along with Debra Tate, the sister of Mr Polanski's first wife Sharon Tate who was murdered in 1969 by followers of Charles Manson.

Roman Polanski won a best director Oscar for The Pianist in 2003, following earlier nominations for Chinatown (1974) and Tess (1979), and a best adapted screenplay nomination for Rosemary's Baby (1968) which starred Farrow.

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