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    Polanski Film Premiere Roiled by Assault Allegation

    Hours after Tuesday's French premiere of director Roman Polanski's new film, An Officer and a Spy, was shut down by dozens of people blocking the entrance, controversy continued. Yesterday French TV director Nadine Trintignant defended the disgraced 86-year-old, who's facing fresh accusations of sexual assault, claiming he couldn't be a rapist because "he has a beautiful wife."

    Why the protests? They were in support of French photographer Valentine Monnier, who said last week Polanski raped her at his Swiss chalet in 1975. Polanski's planning legal action against newspaper Le Parisien for publishing the accusation.

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