Magazine article Screen International

Roman Polanski Denied Dismissal of 1977 Rape Case

Magazine article Screen International

Roman Polanski Denied Dismissal of 1977 Rape Case

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Request to unseal 2010 testimony from original prosecutor also denied.

Roman Polanski has failed to have his decades-old case for the sexual assault of a minor dismissed. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott M Gordon issued the order on Friday.

Samantha Geimer, Polanski’s victim, told the court in June that throwing out the 40-year-old case would rescue her from dealing with the impact of the continuing litigation.

Gordon noted in his 10-page order that the court “may not dismiss a case merely because it would be in the victim’s best interest.”

“The defendant in this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to comply with court orders,” Gordon wrote. “As eloquently described by Ms. Geimer, his conduct continues to harm her and compounds the trauma of the sexual assault committed against her that gave rise to this case. …

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