Vanity Fair's editor, Graydon Carter, was quick to express his unhappiness with the outcome. "I find it astonishing that a man who lives in France can be permitted to sue a magazine published in America in a British courtroom," he said in a statement after the verdict. "And that he can do so without ever having to show up in person." "Furthermore, as a father of four children, one of whom is a 12-year-old daughter," Mr. Carter added, "I find it equally outrageous that this story is considered defamatory to a man who can't be here because he slept with a 13-year-old-girl and has been a fugitive from justice for more than a quarter of a century."
Friday, July 22, 2005
Sarah Lyall, Polanski Wins Vanity Fair Libel Suit, New York Times Online (July 22, 2005):