• Duncan Roy, who filmed the 2002 film AKA, was arrested and held in L.A. for three months without trial or chance to post bail

  • Immigration authorities ‘put a 48-hour hold on director posting bail – and it lasted 89 DAYS’

By Eddie Wrenn

PUBLISHED:19 October 2012

Director Duncan Roy was arrested last November -and held in prison for three months without a trial or the option to post bailDirector Duncan Roy was arrested last November – and held in prison for three months without a trial or the option to post bail

British film director Duncan Roy is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff after, he claims, he became ‘lost’ in the prison system for three months – with no option to post bail and no legal recourse.

The director was caught in what the LA Times called a ‘Kafka-esque corner of America’s immigration war’, after his name was flagged up by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Despite having the means to post a £35,000 bail on an extortion charge, the director, whose best-known film is a semi-autobiographical account, ‘AKA’, instead became trapped in a vicious circle.

The County Sheriff would not accept bail until custom officers had cleared his records – but somehow Roy was lost in the system and a ‘ICE hold’, which normally lasts 48 hours, was never lifted.

Roy, who is recovering from testicular cancer, said he suffered a nervous breakdown during his 89 days inside.

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