Rape Victim Asks Judge To End Polanski Case

Danny Woods
June 24, 2017

Samantha Geimer arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court for a motion hearing in Los Angeles Friday, June 9, 2017.

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.

Standing before the judge, CNN quoted her as saying, "Justice is not only about punishment, it is about equity and consideration". Polanski fled the country in 1978 on the eve of his sentencing.

The 54-year-old Geimer appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for the first time on the director's behalf.

Samantha Geimer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon that she wanted the case to end, either with an outright dismissal or by the judge sentencing Polanski without him being present.

Geimer called that argument hypocritical at a news conference after the hearing.

"I commend you for coming in", he said. "The judge changed his mind and was going to sentence him to up to 50 years". When the judge backed out of a sentencing deal that he and the lawyers had agreed upon, the director fled the country and has not since returned. "That is something people need to remember in this case", Debra said.

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Geimer, who now lives in Hawaii, helped promote a 2008 documentary about claims of judicial misconduct in the case. It is Harland Braun, the lawyer of Roman Polanski who told AFP the wish of Samantha Geimer to close this case: "She comes with her husband because she is exhausted of this business that has been going on for 40 years". He saw her in me, and I saw her in him.

But the judge ruled there is "no sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues". Eventually, authorities there rejected a request to extradite Polanski, and he was set free.

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. He has been overseas since his flight 39 years ago; the warrant even kept him from the 2003 Academy Awards ceremony when he won an Oscar for "The Pianist".

Following a 1977 guilty plea to rape and spending 42 days in pre-trial jail, Polanski fled the United States, fearing a plea bargain with prosecutors would be overruled and that he would get a lengthy prison term. He was accused of, besides having sex with her, giving her champagne and part of a Quaalude tablet.

His lawyers have 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.

The hearing Friday is an effort by Braun to get the court to unseal testimony by the now-retired prosecutor in the case, who is believed to have testified in a closed session about backroom sentencing discussions. She was 13 at the time.

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