Samantha Geimer, who was sexually assaulted by Polanski in 1977, is reportedly to ask an L.A. court to end the four-decade-long case against him.
A woman who was raped by the film director Roman Polanski is reportedly set to ask a court to end the 40 year old case against him, it has emerged.
Samantha Geimer, who was just 13 years old when Polanski admitted having sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles back in 1977, is set to appear at a court hearing in Los Angeles on Friday (June 9th) and plead to an end to the case, according to Polanski’s attorney in a report by Reuters.
“Samantha Geimer is tired of this. She has been asking the court to terminate this case for years. She wants to get it over with,” the 83 year old director’s attorney, Harland Braun, told the news agency on Thursday.
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Polanski's cat-and-mouse game with American authorities over a 1978 plea deal over his statutory rape conviction might soon come to an end.
Filmmaker Roman Polanski is reportedly seeking to return to the United States on the condition of a successful plea deal that will see him serve no further jail time over a historic underage sex conviction.
The 83 year old director, who won awards and acclaim for Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby and The Pianist, has been a fugitive from the United States for nearly four decades, living between France and Poland in the intervening time. However, his attorney Harland Braun has suggested that he has reached a plea deal with American authorities that will keep him out of prison.
Roman Polanski pictured in 2013
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The director, wanted for underage sex offences in the USA in a historic conviction, had been appointed the president of the Cesar Awards last week.
Roman Polanski has resigned his position as the president of next month’s Cesar Awards in France, following an outcry from feminist groups in the country in the wake of his appointment, according to a statement from the director’s lawyer.
The 83 year old was announced as the head of the board for the Cesar Awards, France’s most prestigious film awards body, last week as a recognition of his past achievements at the awards. He had won Best Director four times between 1979 and 2014.
Roman Polanski has backed out of his role as president of the Cesar Awards
Samantha Geimer, the woman at the centre of the Roman Polanski sex scandal, is planning to publish her memoirs, revealing her side of the story. Reuters reports that Geimer, 47, will be publishing THE GIRL: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski in 2013, via Atria Books – an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In 1977, Roman Polanski – the director of movies such as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown was arrested in Los Angeles and indicted for six counts, including Geimer’s rape. She was 13 at the time that the incident is alleged to have happened.
At the time, Polanski accepted a plea bargain of guilty. However, when he suspected that the judge was going to serve him with a sentence longer than the time he had already served, he fled the USA. Years later, Geimer sued Polanski for sexual assault and emotional distress; they eventually settled that lawsuit. Geimer hopes that in writing and publishing her account of what happened, she can reclaim some of her sense of self. “I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose - to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity," Geimer said a statement to the press. "I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ she added. Lawrence Silver, Samantha Geimer’s attorney, will also contribute to the book.
Roman Polanski has continued to direct movies. Now aged 79, he recently directed Carnage and The Ghost Writer. In a documentary made last year, he apologized to Samantha, saying that she was both a victim of his and of the press.
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Still, there are few declared comedies in Polanski's filmography. The best of these, 1967's The Fearless Vampire Killers (known outside the U.S. as Dance of the Vampires, and the basis of a recent, successful, European stage musical), is newly available on DVD.
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Let's get the story out of the way for those few who haven't heard it. Sweet, young Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is cast out of his orphanage when he is picked to ask the cook for more porridge and is sent to work for a kind casket maker who is controlled by his wife. He escapes to London where he makes friends with a charming thief nicknamed The Artful Dodger (Harry Eden). As it happens, Dodger is part of a gang of thieving youths who work for the persuasive Fagin (Sir Ben Kingsley), a decrepit old man with too much hair and too few teeth. The storm really swells when Twist tries to go straight with a rich book collector named Mr. Brownlow (Edward Hardwicke) and gets on the bad side of a few of Fagin's friends and partners. The most nefarious of the partners is Billy Sykes (Jamie Foreman), a terribly mean thief who is followed around by an ugly dog named Bullseye. This all leads to a plot between Sykes and Fagin to kill poor little Oliver, but that proves to be pretty difficult.
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