Woman Raped by Roman Polanski to Ask Court to End Case

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2017

She said she is now a grandmother and wants to end the media intrusion that she believes exists because the case is not settled. "If I were standing here saying throw the book at him, just put him in jail for life, my opinion would count".

Geimer asked Judge Scott Gordon to either dismiss the case or sentence the "Chinatown" director to the six weeks he served in prison before he fled the country ahead of his scheduled sentencing in 1978. "She wants to get it over with", Braun said on Thursday.

She said she believes Polanski has served his sentence and "done everything he needed to do".

At the same time, prosecutor Michele Hanise opposed the plea, saying that victims can not dictate the outcome of a case.

Polanski's attorney is seeking to unseal testimony that he says would show judicial misconduct in the case years ago.

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.

Geimer has asked authorities in the past to drop the case but Friday's appearance in superior court was her first formal request to do so in the past 40 years.

"The trauma of the ordeal that followed was so great that, you know, the brief encounter with him that evening that was unpleasant just faded and paled", she said. "I was sure he instantly regretted what he had done and wished it hadn't happened". "He owes me nothing. The insults have switched, but I have empathy for the way he's treated because I was treated the same way when this first happened".

But in 1978, convinced the judge was going to scrap his plea deal and send him to prison - possibly for decades - to avoid a public backlash, he fled to France. The warrant barred him from accepting the Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film "The Pianist".

"Justice is not only about punishment".

Geimer was five years younger than the age of consent when Polanski had sex with her during a photo shoot at actor Jack Nicholson's house in California. Nicholson was not at the residence at the time. If Gordon was skeptical of Polanski's arguments, however, he was solicitous of Geimer, who flew in to testify on Polanksi's behalf.

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.

Geimer said she was offended by the way Polanski described it.

Judge Scott Gordon has rejected Polanski's efforts to resolve the case in the director's absence or with a promise that he wouldn't be sentenced to more time or be arrested if he voluntarily returned for a sentencing hearing.

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

Film director Roman Polanski attends the "Based On A True Story" photocall during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival in May.

(AP Photo/File). FILE - In this August 8, 1977 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears in a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse.

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.

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