Polanski victim would drop the case

Sept. 27, 2009 at 9:51 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The woman director Roman Polanski raped when she was 13-years-old has said she does not want him "held to further punishment," the Los Angeles Times reported.

Samantha Geimer was not available for comment Sunday on the arrest of Polanski in Switzerland, where he faces possible extradition to the United States for sentencing in the rape of Geimer at actor Jack Nicholson's house. She was an aspiring model when Polanski allegedly gave her drugs and alcohol and told her he was photographing her for a magazine.

Polanski pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but left the United States before he could be sentenced.

Geimer, now a mother of four, wrote an article for the Times in 2003 in which she urged authorities to allow Polanski to come to Los Angeles, where he was nominated for a directing Oscar for "The Pianist." He won the Oscar but was not on hand to accept it in person.

In 2008, when Polanski's lawyers were pressing authorities to drop the rape charge, Geimer told the Times the case should be dropped.

"It's been a long time," she said. "I don't wish for him to be held to further punishment or consequences."

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