Director Roman Polanski is still too heartbroken over the 1969 murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate by Manson Family cult members to comment on the death of its leader Charles Manson.
The serial killer died from natural causes on Sunday (19Nov17) while serving multiple life sentences in prison in California for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in 1971. He was 83.
Actress Tate was among seven victims Manson’s ‘Family’ of followers targeted during a two-night killing spree in August, 1969. At the time of her death, Tate was married to Polanski and was eight months pregnant with their first child.
Sharon’s sister, Debra Tate, immediately reached out to Polanski when she received word of Manson’s passing, but the exiled filmmaker has declined to publicly express his thoughts on the former cult boss’ death.
His attorney, Harland Braun, tells TMZ.com, “The murder of Polanski’s wife and unborn son still remains too painful for him to make a statement. He hopes someday to correct the legal proceedings in L.A. so that he can visit their graves at Holy Cross Cemetery.”
Polanski has been living in exile from America since 1978, when he fled to France on the eve of his sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor. Both he and his victim, Samantha Geimer, have repeatedly asked for the case against him to be closed over the years, but their most recent effort was denied in August (17), when the judge ruled he must return to California if he expects to resolve charges leveled against him.