Roman Polanski's victim asks judge to end the case against him

Nick Sanchez
June 15, 2017

Geimer has asked authorities in the past to drop the case but Friday's appearance in superior court was her first formal request to do so in the past 40 years.

Geimer asked Judge Scott Gordon to either dismiss the case outright or sentence the Oscar victor to the six weeks he served in prison during a court-ordered evaluation before he fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978.

Gordon said he would issue a written ruling on the release of the Gunson transcript.

And, when asked what she would say to the Chinatown filmmaker, 83, if she saw him again, she replied, "I hope your wife and family are well".

Judge Scott Gordon has rejected Polanski's efforts to resolve the case in the director's absence or with a promise that he wouldn't be sentenced to more time or be arrested if he voluntarily returned for a sentencing hearing.

Now 54, she has said repeatedly that she forgives Polanski but she has never previously appealed directly to a judge on his behalf.

Polanski, 83, is now wanted by U.S. authorities over the rape, which took place in 1977.

He fled to France on the eve of sentencing in 1978 because he had already served the agreed-upon jail term and feared the judge was going to renege and give him more time behind bars.

She said she is now a grandmother and wants to end the media intrusion that she believes exists because the case is not settled. Prosecutors dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized the girl.

The warrant prevented Polanski from collecting his Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film "The Pianist".

Geimer was five years younger than the age of consent when Polanski, then 43, had sex with her during a photo shoot at actor Jack Nicholson's house in California.

The original judge in Roman Polanski's rape case promised the director he would "serve 90 days of psychiatric evaluation".

Braun told Reuters he hopes the unsealed testimony would reveal the Polanski's plea deal which he wants to use as evidence to European authorities to rescind the worldwide arrest warrant against Polanski. Geimer, director Roman Polanski's sexual assault victim, asked a judge Friday to end the 40-year-old case against the fugitive director.

Judge Scott Gordon says the case won't be settled until Roman Polanski hands himself over for sentencing.

Polanski - who is married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, with whom he has two children - has since refused to return to the United States without assurances that he would not serve additional time in prison.

If he were to drop the warrant for Polanski, 83, it would end a almost four-decade effort by authorities to have the director extradited.

"I was sure he instantly regretted what he had done and wished it hadn't happened", Geimer told reporters, noting that Polanski wrote her a note and apologized to her and her mother.

Gordon ruled in April that the French-Polish director could not cut a deal from overseas to return to the United States without serving more jail time.

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