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Roman Polanski victim Samantha Geimer tells court to drop her rape case

15 June 2017

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In 1988, she sued him for sexual assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment. "The judge, in the presence of the district attorney, the defense lawyer and the victim's lawyer, (in 1978) said he was to do at the most 90 days", defense attorney Harland Braun said. She noted that she has suffered "insults and mistreatment" for 40 years.

She enrolled in a fashion school and plans to launch her own collection. "It was a much different story", she said. Now, 40 years after the numerous proceedings of the on-going case, she has asked the judge to drop the case.

"This may be my last chance", she said.

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

Samantha Geimer, 54, made her first public court appearance in the matter and told Judge Scott Gordon she supports either an outright dismissal or a hearing that would sentence Polanski without his having to appear in person. Braun said he hoped he can use the affidavit to get the Interpol warrant lifted so that Polanski can travel freely outside the United States.

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. Prosecutors dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized Geimer when she was 13 years old. She wrote memoir titled The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski in 2013.

He was unable to up his 2002 best director Oscar for The Pianist because he feared arrest if he returned to the US. He was also nominated for 1974's "Chinatown" and 1979's "Tess". If that happened, the California warrant would remain valid. The trial judge in the case found "substantial evidence of oppressive conduct by Polanski and a strong likelihood that a jury would find despicable conduct on the part of Polanski".

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

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 most recent attempt to resolve the case ended in April when a Los Angeles judge ruled that the French-Polish director could not cut a deal from overseas to return to the United States without serving more jail time. The actor was not at home at the time.

Geimer also played down the severity of what happened to her, saying Polanski had apologised and that they had exchanged emails in recent years. Her longtime lawyer Lawrence Silver did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.

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While most sex abuse victims are criticizing the government for stronger sentencing in an effort to curb the number of incidents and to feel vindicated in their specific cases, Geimer is taking the opposite approach. The cover features a photo shot by Polanski.