Roman Polanski victim Samantha Geimer tells court to drop her rape case
“Maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I’m a fan of and maybe another TV show where I’m the star of it”.
She does not see Polanski as a victim, she said, but has empathy for the way he’s been treated.
She said she had suffered four decades of insults and mistreatment and has been hounded by the news media.
She enrolled in a fashion school and plans to launch her own collection.
“I have now become a grandmother”, she said, adding she hoped to no longer tell her granddaughter “why she can’t go outside because of what happened to her Nana in 1977”.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion”, she said.
Geimer said she was offended by the way Polanski described it.
Standing before the judge, CNN quoted her as saying, “Justice is not only about punishment, it is about equity and consideration”.
In recent years, she has said repeatedly that she has forgiven Polanski, now 83, but yesterday would be the first time she has appeared publicly at a court hearing 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”.
Polanski fled to France in 1978 after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor and shortly before he was to be sentenced in the case.
He admitted statutory rape after a number of more serious charges were dropped, and spent 48 days in custody to undergo psychiatric evaluation before being released.
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 warrant prevented him from collecting his Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film The Pianist. He was also nominated for 1974’s “Chinatown” and 1979’s “Tess“.
They are trying to get an Interpol arrest warrant lifted so his movement is not restricted to France, Switzerland and Poland, where he fled the Holocaust.
Braun has said he believes a transcript of closed-door testimony from former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson will confirm a plea deal negotiated in 1978 calling for Polanski to be sentenced to time already served behind bars.
Braun told Reuters he hopes the unsealed testimony would reveal the Polanski’s plea deal which he wants to use as evidence to European authorities to rescind the global arrest warrant against Polanski.
Polanski, whose films include “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Pianist“, was arrested on USA warrants in both Poland and Switzerland during the past decade, but both countries ultimately declined to extradite him. The actor was not at home at the time.
Under fierce questioning by several dozen reporters, she steadfastly refused to claim that she had been damaged by Polanski, who was charged was raping her in 1977 when she was 13. Her longtime lawyer Lawrence Silver did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.