The public information office at the Los Angeles County Superior Court has a bone to pick with tonight's Roman Polanski documentary on HBO. The court sent out this media advisory:
News, television and entertainment editors and writers: The Los Angeles Superior Court asks for your immediate attention to this advisory, which relates to an HBO documentary to be aired this evening.
COURT CHARACTERIZES ASSERTION IN ROMAN POLANSKI DOCUMENTARY TO AIR ON HBO TONIGHT, CONCERNING MANDATORY TELEVISION COVERAGE OF SENTENCING HEARING AS “COMPLETE FABRICATION”
The Los Angeles Superior Court is aware of a documentary on film director Roman Polanski scheduled to air tonight on HBO. The documentary makes an assertion that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge attempted to impose a condition on a reported sentencing agreement in 1997 under which Polanski would have had to agree to his sentencing being televised. This assertion concerning televising of the sentencing hearing is a complete fabrication, entirely without any basis in fact and completely unsupported by the court record. No such condition was ever suggested or proposed by the judge in question, either in 1997 or at any other time. The Los Angeles Superior Court has made HBO aware of this egregious error and believes the network intends to rectify this misstatement of fact later today.