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UPDATE-Former prosecutor, filmmaker at odds over statement on Polanski in documentary


A retired L.A. prosecutor has admitted that he lied when he said in a documentary film that he advised the judge in Roman Polanski’s 1977 case to send the director to prison.


The documentary in question, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” is cited by Polanski’s defenders as evidence that he was the victim of judicial misconduct.

In the 2008 HBO documentary from filmmaker Marina Zenovich, former prosecutor David Wells said that he told the late Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laurence Rittenband that Polanski deserved prison time, instead of being released on the 42 days already spent in custody under a deal with prosecutors.

But Wells recanted his account of those events from more than 30 years ago, in a brief interview with the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.