By Rashdat Akashat
An American woman who was raped 40 years ago as a teenager by filmmaker, Roman Polanski, has urged a California judge to drop the case on Friday, so she can move on with her life.
Samantha Geimer who is now 53 and was gathered to have been raped in 1977 at 13, has said that she has been serving a 40-year sentence which has kept a cover over herself and her family. .
The 54-year-old told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon in a statement that, she “would implore you to consider taking action which would finally bring this matter to a close as an act of mercy for myself and my family.
“I do not want to have to explain to my granddaughter why she can’t go outside or answer the phone, or why there are cameras outside the home and eventually what happened to her nana in 1977,” her statement read.
Geimer’s recent testimony marked her first appearance after she first appeared in court in the proceeding involving the 83-year-old Oscar-winning filmmaker, who absconded to his native, France in 1978, to avoid further jail time if he returns to the US.
The rape victim who is now a grandma and lives in Hawaii, was accompanied to Friday’s hearing by her husband of almost 30 years.
Geimer implored the judge to explore various avenues to settle the matter, including dismissing it, sentencing Polanski to time served or recalling an international arrest warrant against the director.
She added that the judge could also unseal documents that Polanski claims prove he had struck a deal with the previous judge in the case.
Gordons commended Geimer for speaking out, “Your words mean a lot to this court.” he said.
Initial reaction to rape allegations
Geiner who has three sons, told AFP reporters that in the past, she and her mother were referred to as a lying gold digger who were attacking “poor Roman”.
The 54-year-old grandmother who had said in the past that she has forgiven Polanski, empathized with the filmmaker, who is currently facing the kind of abuse she endured after the assault.
“When this happened, my mother and I were (treated) as lying gold diggers who were attacking poor unfortunate Roman. It was a much different story.
“Now everyone calls him a pedophile and says terrible things about him that aren’t true.”
The director of “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown” was accused of drugging the 13-year-old Geimer before raping her at the house of film star Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles.
Polanski admitted statutory rape after the more serious charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized the teen were dropped, and spent 42 days in custody to undergo psychiatric evaluation before being released.
His attorney Harland Braun also filed a motion to dismiss the case on Friday saying his client had served time for his crime.
The motion was objected
The director claims that he was promised that the six weeks he spent in custody would be the only time he would serve.
But in 1978, they were convinced the judge was going to scrap his plea deal and send him to prison for up to 50 years, he fled to France.
Polanski, who is currently married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, with whom he has two children has never made way into the US, for fear of being imprisoned.
His relationship with the country for decades have been a cat and rat relationship as they unsuccessfully tried to have him extradited from different countries.
Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in 2009 and placed under house arrest for nearly a year while fighting extradition.
Polanski reportedly wants to return to the United States to visit the grave of his late wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered in 1969 by members of the Charles Manson family when she was eight months pregnant.