Roman Polanski sex victim to urge judge to end case against him

Angie Massey
June 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES•The woman whom fugitive film-maker Roman Polanski (left) admitted he raped 40 years ago was to attend a court hearing in Los Angeles yesterday (today Singapore time), where she hoped to plead for an end to the case, his attorney said.

The 54-year-old told reporters before heading into the courthouse that she is terrified about speaking in court and wants the case to be over.

But the judge ruled there is "no sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues".

"I'm standing here saying he's served his sentence", Geimer said after the hearing.

"This is the first opportunity I've had to come to court and talk, so I figure I'd take it because I thought it would be my last". "I was a drug-doing Lolita who had cornered him", she said, describing the sort of insults that were thrown at her in the 1970s.

"Now everyone calls him a pedophile and says bad things about him that aren't true". "I was sure he instantly regretted what he had done and wished it hadn't happened".

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee told the court that while she acknowledges victims have certain rights under the law those rights don't extend to controlling the outcome of criminal cases.

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.

Prosecutors had dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomised the 13-year-old, but Polanski feared the judge was going to go back on the plea deal he had struck.

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. He was also nominated for 1974's "Chinatown" and 1979's "Tess". He wants to use transcripts to get an global arrest warrant lifted that confines Polanski to three European countries.

Polanski contends he is the victim of judicial misconduct because the now-deceased judge who handled the case suggested in private remarks that he would renege on a plea agreement.

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Rittenband sent Polanski to a state prison in Chino in 1977 for a 90-day diagnostic study, and the director was released after 42 days on the recommendation of the prison.

"What Mr. Polanski faces, if he were to return to Los Angeles, is a dishonest legal system which will ignore the facts and the law, and attempt to impress and demonstrate to the public that it's 'tough on crime, '" Braun wrote in a court filing.

Braun wants to use the transcript to show Polanski has served his time so the worldwide warrant is dropped.

Now 83, Polanski, who holds dual Polish and French citizenship, lives in France - which does not extradite its citizens.

Polanski served 42 days in jail before leaving the country and almost a year in Swiss prison in the late 2000s before authorities there made a decision to reject an extradition request.

Polanski's repeated requests for the same rulings have been denied.

At the time, Braun asked the court to consider the time Polanski had already spent behind bars.

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Judge Scott Gordon called Geimer's testimony to the court "elegant and courageous", adding that "closure is something you deserve". "I was there, I know what happened". "I was a young and sexually active teenager".

Geimer who sued Polanski in 1993 and reached a settlement for $500,000 has repeatedly stated that she has forgiven the Oscar winning director and now wants to get on with her life.

Other reports by GizPress

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