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
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.