Magazine article Screen International

Polanski Rape Victim Asks LA Judge to Drop Case

Magazine article Screen International

Polanski Rape Victim Asks LA Judge to Drop Case

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Samantha Geimer speaks up on behalf of 'justice'.

The woman raped by Roman Polanski 40 years ago flew in to Los Angeles to ask a judge on Friday to drop charges against the director.

Samantha Geimer, now 53 and living in Hawaii, was 13 when Polanski assaulted her at the Hollywood house of Jack Nicholson, who was not home at the time of the incident.

In her first public legal appearance in the long-running saga, Geimer appealed to Los Angeles Superior Court judge Scott Gordon. "I am not speaking on behalf of Roman, but justice," she said."I implore you to consider to resolve this matter without incarcerating an 83-year-old man."

Judge Gordon delayed on a decision as he considers a request by Polanski's attorney Harland Braun to unseal testimony by former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson.

It is the contention of the Polanski camp that their client has served sufficient prison time under a plea deal, and evidence under seal would persuade European authorities to drop the international arrest warrant against Polanski. …

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