With filmmaker Roman Polanski in a Swiss jail, arrested on 32-year-old sex crime charges and fighting extradition to the U.S., a retired deputy district attorney who detailed official corruption in the HBO doc Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is recanting his account. In response to David Wells’ announcement that he lied on camera, the director and producer of the documentary, Marina Zenovich, has released a statement through HBO.
‘I am perplexed by the timing of David Wells’ statement to the press that he lied in his interview with me for the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. Since June of 2008, the film has been quite visible on U.S. television via HBO, in theaters and on DVD, so it is odd that David Wells has not brought this issue to my attention before.
‘For the record, on the day I filmed Mr. Wells at the Malibu Courthouse, February 11, 2005, he gave me a one-hour interview. He signed a release like all my other interviewees, giving me permission to use his interview in the documentary worldwide. At no time did I tell him that the film would not air in the United States.
‘Mr. Wells was always friendly and open with me. At no point in the four years since our interview has he ever raised any issues about its content. In fact, in a July 2008 story in The New York Times, Mr. Wells corroborated the account of events that he gave in my film.
‘I am astonished that he has now changed his story. It is a sad day for documentary filmmakers when something like this happens.’
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