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Roman Polanski Sued Over Use Of Photographs

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.

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5 Responses to Roman Polanski Sued Over Use Of Photographs

  1. Jamie says:

    Did Rudy Altobelli really expect Roman Polanski to continue paying rent after the murders?

  2. Sherry Mendiola says:

    So did altobelli win?

  3. Kitty says:

    It sounds like Altobelli was a total a hole! He made Sharon’s father clean up the place, under threat of a lawsuit. This didn’t affect the value of his crappy house at all. He later sold it for about 1.6 MILLION dollars. What a creep!

  4. Woody McBreairty says:

    Rudy should not have borne the huge expenses of rehabilitating the house all by himself. Other responsible parties should have stepped forward to help instead of ignoring everything & making Rudy feel compelled to take complete responsibility. It wasn’t his fault, it wasn’t Polanski’s fault, it wasn’t the victims’ fault so Rudy should have had some kind of support system develop from within the ranks. Even the Beach Boys should have taken some responsibility since they seem to be the reason that Manson approached the house in the first place. This was far from a “crappy’ house. It was a masterpiece of French Country architecture & was totally unique in both structure & environment. It can never be duplicated in Beverly Hills again. I know. I used to live there.

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