Roman Polanski sex victim expected to ask judge to drop case

Roman Polanski sex victim expected to ask judge to drop case

A woman who was molested by Roman Polanski when she was 13 years old has asked a Los Angeles judge to declare an end to the criminal case against the Oscar-winning director.

Samantha Geimer has long asked United States authorities to stop pursuing filmmaker Roman Polanski for having sex with her in 1977, when she was 13.

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

He said it was up to the judge to decide whether to take into account Geimer's request in the long-running case.

Geimer has said in the past that she forgives Polanski for the assault that happened at Jack Nicholson's compound during a March 1977 photo shoot in the Hollywood hills.

Polański fled the United States in February 1978, shortly before being sentenced for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was charged with a number of felonies, including rape and sodomy, but prosecutors dropped most of the charges in a deal that saw Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. It is said to support the notion that Polanski has already served more than the prison time required under a plea deal which now-deceased Judge Laurence Rittenband planned to scrap, leading Polanski to flee the country in 1978.

Polanski's lawyers have been trying to end the case and worldwide efforts to arrest him for years.




Samantha Geimer appeared at a downtown Los Angeles court for a hearing in Polanski's 40-year-old case. Mr Braun hopes to use the testimony to persuade European authorities to rescind the global arrest warrant against Polanski.

Polanski is a citizen of Poland and of France. Braun also argues that Polanski served an additional 10 months under house arrest during a failed extradition effort from Switzerland in 2010.

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee urged the court in a Thursday filing to reject Polanski's latest efforts, saying two previous judges and an appeals court have ruled against him. He dismissed the motion filed by the film-maker's lawyers, who said Polanski was ready to come to the USA if he was guaranteed he would not serve more time in jail.

Polanski plied the girl with champagne and part of a sedative pill before raping her, according to grand jury transcripts.

The Associated Press doesn't typically name victims of sex abuse, but Geimer went public years ago.

FILE - In this August 8, 1977 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears in a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse.

Geimer, who years ago identified herself as the teen in Polanski's case, called that argument hypocritical at a news conference after the hearing. Geimer will appear Friday, June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles Superior Court to help make the case that Polanski has served his time for the 40-year-old crime.

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