Polanski sues French media for invasion of privacy

The Rosemary’s Baby director is battling extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing over a 1977 child sex charge. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl but fled to France before he could be sentenced.

He was detained in Zurich in September (09) and was released in December (09) to live under house arrest at a ski chalet in Switzerland.

Now his lawyers claim several photos, especially those including his minor children, should be protected by French media law.

At a hearing on Tuesday (12Jan10), Polanski’s lawyers demanded $14,530 (10,000 Euros/£9,080) in damages from Le Journal du Dimanche weekly newspaper for publishing a photo of the filmmaker at his window.

He is asking for another $14,530 in damages from Voici magazine for a photo of Seigner walking down a street in Switzerland.

The couple are also demanding $79,900 (55,000 Euros/£49,940) from VSD magazine for a spread that included photos of their children at an airport.

A judge heard a suit against Le Parisien newspaper last week (begs04Jan10), and that ruling is expected on Friday (15Jan10). Other case rulings are expected on 19 January (10).

Polanski’s lawyer Marion Gregoire has called the suits an attempt “to put an urgent stop to the media spotlight” on the filmmaker and his family,” adding, “The legal case against Polanski in no way justifies the paparazzi’s stalking of his wife and children.”