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Polanski Wins Libel Suit

Filmmaker Roman Polanski on Friday won his libel suit against Vanity Fair magazine over an article that accused him of propositioning a woman while on the way to the funeral of his murdered wife, Sharon Tate.

The Academy Award-winning director was awarded 50,000 pounds, equal to about $87,000, in damages.

Polanski, director of "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist," sued Vanity Fair's publisher over a 2002 article that accused him of propositioning a woman while on the way to the funeral of Tate, who was killed by followers of Charles Manson.

The article alleged that Polanski put his hand on the woman's thigh and promised her: "I will make another Sharon Tate out of you."

Polanski's lawyer, John Kelsey-Fry, said Polanski had been "monstrously libeled for the sake of a lurid anecdote."

The magazine's publisher, Conde Nast, accepted that the incident did not happen before Tate's funeral, but rather about two weeks later. It maintained that the article was substantially true.

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