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article imageThe Rape Victim In the Roman Polanski Case Urges Dismissal

By Joan Firstenberg     Jan 13, 2009 in Crime
It's been 31 years since film director Roman Polanski was charged with raping a 13-year old girl. Well, that girl has now grown up, and says it's time the case against Polanski was dismissed because of the trauma it is causing her.
The woman who fugitive film director Roman Polanski allegedly raped over three decades ago when she was 13 says she is once again being victimized by the prosecutors' focus on the lurid details of what happened to her. Forty-five year old Samantha Geimer, who is now a wife and mother of three, filed legal papers Monday requesting that the charges against Polanski be dismissed. She can't believe the court's ruling that Polanski must appear in person to seek dismissal.
"A joke, a cruel joke being played on me."
Geimer says she thinks prosecutors keep reciting the sexually explicit details of the rape in order to distract the public from their office's own wrongdoing 31 years ago. A documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired", made in 2008 in Greece, raised hopes around the world that Polanski could return to the United States and it prompted the director's lawyer to file a motion for dismissal of the case.
There will be a hearing on Polanski's motion for a dismissal on January 21. But prosecutors are insisting that he appear in person, even though by doing so, he risks being arrested. Geimer says she's had enough of all this.
"If Polanski cannot stand before the court to make this request, I, as the victim, can and I, as the victim do."
She made that statement in the court declaration signed at her home in Kilauea, Hawaii.
On January 6, a Los Angeles Deputy Attorney showed descriptions of the 1977 assault of Geimer during a photo shoot by Polanski. The papers included extensive testimony from grand jury transcripts which included graphic details of the incident. Details of Polanski's sexual activity with the girl had never actually been described in legal documents
Geimer says that her feelings should have been considered and she should have been contacted before the prosecution document was filed.
"My views as a victim, my feelings as a victim, or my desires as a victim were never considered or even inquired into by the district attorney prior to the filing. It is clear to me that because the district attorney's office has been accused of wrongdoing, it has recited the lurid details of the case to distract attention from the wrongful conduct of the district attorney's office as well as the judge who was then assigned to the case."
Meanwhile, Polanski, who is now 75 and living as an exile in France, would like to return to the United States. In 2002, while still living in France, Polanski won an Oscar for directing "The Pianist", a Holocaust drama. He has not been back to the United States since 1978.
After Polanski fled from America, the judge on his case swore to have him behind the bars. Though the judge died in 1989, the director still can't enter the US; otherwise, he would be arrested.
In 1969, while Polanski was on out-of-town business, his wife, actress Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by cult leader Charles Manson and his cult members. She was eight-months pregnant with their first child at the time. He has said that his life's biggest regret was not being present at the house on Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills the night his wife Sharon Tate and four others were brutally murdered.
Sandi Gibbons, the district attorney's spokeswoman, said the office would have no comment on Geimer's motions because the declaration is part of pending litigation.
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