Roman Polanski has been awarded $87,000 (GBP50,000) in damages after winning his libel case against Vanity Fair magazine at London's High Court earlier today (22JUL05).

The CHINATOWN director was accused in a Vanity Fair article of seducing model BEATTE TELLE on the way to the burial of his wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered by followers of Charles Manson in 1969.

Publisher Conde Nast, which has been ordered to pay the damages, now admits the article was inaccurate.

Polanski has slammed the magazine for "monstrously libelling" him "for the sake of a lurid anecdote".

The 72-year-old says of his legal triumph, "Whilst the whole episode is a sad one, I am obviously pleased with the jury's verdict today.

"Three years of my life have been interrupted. Three years within which I have had no choice but to relive the horrible events of August 1969, the murders of my wife, my unborn child and my friends.

"Many untruths have been published about me, most of which I have ignored, but the allegations printed in the July 2002 edition of Vanity Fair could not go unchallenged."

Polanski gave evidence during the case from France via video link to avoid extradition to America, where he's wanted for questioning on child sex charges dating back to 1977.

22/07/2005 05:25