Roman Polanski Sued Over Use Of Photographs
Friday, November 21st, 1969
SANTA MONICA, Nov. 21 – Roman Polanski, husband of slain actress Sharon Tate, was sued for $848,000 yesterday by the owner of the Benedict Canyon estate where Miss Tate and four others were murdered last Aug. 9.
Rudolph Altobelli charged in a suit filed in Santa Monica Superior Court that Polanski illegally gave Life Magazine permission to photograph the home following the murders. As a result, he said, resale value of the property was damaged.
The suit stated the Cielo Road mansion was leased to Polanski for one year on Feb. 15, 1969, at a rental of $1500 per month.
Altobelli contends the Life pictures including one of Polanski seated in front of the door on which the murderer had scrawled “Pig” in blood — hurt his chances to sell the estate.
Polanksi and Life were sued $650,000 and Polanski alone for $198,000, including three months rent Altobelli claims is due him.
He said the rent was not paid for the month of August, when the Life article appeared.