Roman Polanski's victim asks judge to dismiss sexual offence case

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2017

On Friday, Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the crime, appealed directly to a judge to end the long-running case, the fugitive director's lawyer said.

While Samantha Geimer has long supported Roman in his endeavors to settle the case and return home, this was the first time she has come forward to the courts.

Geimer, 54, said freeing the fugitive director of his worldwide warrant would be "an act of mercy to myself and my family".

Geimer told the reporters that, of course, what happened to her had been wrong, but she refused to say to the reporters that she had suffered "deep damage" due to the rape.

"I implore you to consider taking action to finally bring this matter to a close as an act of mercy to myself and my family", she told USA judge Scott Gordon on Friday.

Polanski, 83, has been in self-imposed exile for almost four decades after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with Ms Geimer at actor Jack Nicholson's Hollywood hills home in 1977. Thanks to a deal with the prosecution, he spent six weeks in custody and was released.

Polanski, who won a best director Oscar for The Pianist, fled in 1978, fearing a judge would extend his sentence after he spent 42 days in jail. He was also nominated for 1974's "Chinatown" and 1979's "Tess".

Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, said Geimer planned to ask the judge on Friday to bring the case to a conclusion.

The Los Angeles judge commended Geimer for speaking out, telling her: "Your words mean a lot to this court".

Polanski has been fighting for years to end the case and lift an worldwide arrest warrant that confined him to his native France, Switzerland and Poland, where he fled the Holocaust. "She wants it over".

She sued Polanski and reached a settlement in 1993 for $500,000. ABC7 doesn't typically name victims of sex abuse, but Geimer went public years ago.

Geimer told CNN in 2003 that Polanski, then 43, was taking pictures of her at Nicholson's house in 1977 when he raped her. She wrote a memoir titled "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" four years ago.

Samantha Geimer arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court for a motion hearing in Los Angeles Friday, June 9, 2017. The cover features a photo shot by Polanski. Geimer made an impassioned argument that if the case was dropped, she could finally have freedom from it and being at the center of what was arguably one of the most controversial trials ever involving people in the movie industry. According to AOL, Geimer asked Gordon to bestow an "act of mercy" on her family by settling the case against the filmmaker. But for years, she has publicly urged officials to drop the case, saying in part that she dislikes the attention Polanski's legal battle brings upon her and her family.

French-Polish director Roman Polanski at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, in May 2017. He stated if the director returned "for sentencing", the matter could be finished, possibly indicating that, while he sympathizes with Geimer, he might not agree to dismissing the case against Polanski. He has consistently ruled against Polanski's multiple requests for similar outcomes and has said the 83-year-old must appear in court to resolve the case.

Braun believes the transcripts will show Polanski has already served the time called for in his deal.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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