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Polanski’s victim asks judge to end case against director


Samantha Geimer

LOS ANGELES — Roman Polanski’s sexual assault victim asked a judge Friday to end the 40-year-old case against the fugitive director, but there was no indication her plea would bring an end to the lengthy court saga.

Samantha Geimer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon she wanted the case to end, either with an outright dismissal or by the judge sentencing Polanski, 83, without him being present. Polanski’s requests for the same rulings have been denied.

Gordon said he would take Geimer’s comments into consideration and did not issue an immediate ruling.

“I’m standing here saying he’s served his sentence,” Geimer said after the hearing. “He owes me nothing. He owes the state of California nothing except to show up here eventually. I wish he could show up and feel he could be treated fairly, but I don’t know if that will ever happen.”

She described herself as more of a victim of the criminal justice system than of Polanski.

Geimer said she had been insulted over the years and hounded by the news media. She said the original judge in the case asked if she was part of a mother-daughter prostitution team and the former district attorney suggested she had been bought and paid for and others said she was a gold digger.

“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. “We were just trying to survive as a family and get through something we didn’t understand that was going to happen.”

Geimer said before she addressed the court that she was terrified, but felt compelled to tell Gordon her thoughts on the case.

“This may be my last chance,” she said. I finally will get to stand before a judge and say how I feel so I thought I should take it.”

Geimer, 54, has long supported Polanski’s efforts to end the legal saga that limits his freedom, but Friday was the first time she’s appeared in court on his behalf, said Polanski’s attorney, Harland Braun.

The Oscar-winner has been a fugitive since he fled to France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor. Prosecutors dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized Geimer when she was 13 years old.

Polanski feared the judge was going to renege on a plea agreement and send him away for more time than the six weeks he served in prison during a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing.

His lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an international arrest warrant that confined him to his native France, Switzerland and Poland, where he fled the Holocaust.

The warrant prevented Polanski 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.”

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