Polanski may not have honored settlement

Oct. 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Movie director Roman Polanski may not have paid a cash settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by a woman he raped when she was 13, court documents indicate.

The Los Angeles Times reported court documents it reviewed Friday show while Polanski agreed to settle Samantha Geimer's 1993 child-sex lawsuit for at least $500,000, she was still trying to get the money as late as 1996.

Details regarding the confidential settlement are unknown, but Geimer has confirmed reaching a deal with "The Pianist" director.

At the age of 13, Geimer accused Polanski of raping and sodomizing her during a 1977 photo shoot in Los Angeles. Polanski pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, but avoided sentencing by fleeing the country.

Geimer filed suit 10 years later, alleging sexual assault and false imprisonment. Filings by her attorney indicate Polanski settled the suit and agreed to pay her $500,000 with interest by Oct. 11, 1995.

The Times said the final document in the child-sex case indicates as of August 1996, Polanski still owed Geimer $604,416. By the following year, Geimer reportedly stopped seeking payments from Polanski via the court for unknown reasons.

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