The woman raped by the fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski three decades ago — when she was only 13 — has asked the court to drop the case.
Samantha Geimer, now 45 years old and with a family, lashed out to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office this week, and said that publishing details of the case continues to cause “harm” to her and her family. Geimer wrote in a declaration to the court, reports BBC: “I have urged that this matter come to a formal legal end. I have urged that the district attorney and the court dismiss these charges.”
Geimer says she believes prosecutors are deliberately reciting the sexually explicit details as a ploy to distract from accusations of wrongdoing by them and the judge who heard the case 31 years ago, the Associated Press reports. The request for dismissal will be heard January 21. Geimer says she is willing to appear in court, but says it’s a “cruel joke” to expect Polanksi to appear as well.
As we all know, Polanski fled the United States before he was sentenced but admitted to engaging in unlawful sex with a teenaged Geimer at actor Jack Nicholson’s house. Polanski believes that if he returns, he will be arrested, and has been living in France for decades. Not even winning an Oscar for best director in 2002 for “The Pianist” could lure him back. A 2008 HBO documentary, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” raised speculation that Polanski would return to the United States, for it prompted his lawyer to file his own dismissal motion.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see if this latest brouhaha will bring Polanski back.