Disgraced director Roman Polanski is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department over an allegation he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in 1975. Despite the investigation, the case cannot be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations in California.
Marianne Barnard claims that Polanski assaulted her during a photoshoot, when her mother left her alone with the director. Polanski, through a representative, denies all charges and claims he has never met Barnard.
Though police have conceded they cannot prosecute Polanski even if they have solid evidence, they are proceeding with the investigation as it may assist with future prosecutions.
Over the years, at least six women have accused Polanski of sexually abusing them, with the majority of these women alleging the abuses took place when they were minors. Polanski remains a fugitive from justice after fleeing the United States in 1977, though he remains part of the film community and is still a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Polanski fled the country before sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court for having anal sex with a 13-year-old girl. He has managed to avoid U.S. extradition efforts from Switzerland and Poland.