Roman Polanskis rape victim supports his bid to have 1977 conviction tossedDecember 5th, 2008 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI
New York, December 5 (ANI): Filmmaker Roman Polanski has found the support of none other than his own rape victim, Samantha Geimer, for his new bid to have his 1977 conviction dismissed.
“I forgive him. It was a long time ago. It’’s been a long hard road for both of us, so I have no hard feelings,” the New York Daily News quoted Geimer, who was raped by Polanski while she was just 13, as saying.
Geimer, 45, presently lives with her husband and three sons in Hawaii.
Polanski was initially charged with giving Geimer drugs and alcohol, then raping and sodomizing her while directing a photo shoot for Vogue, which he was guest editing. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, but fled the country before he was sentenced.
Earlier this week, his lawyers approached Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.
“If he can get it resolved this way, I would be pleased and happy. It would no longer be an outstanding issue, and he could do whatever,” Geimer said, stressing that the director of “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’’s Baby” already was 75 years old.
The woman, who presently works as an assistant for a real estate developer, said that she figured that the film directors lawyers “might do something like this” after her appearance in a recent HBO documentary titled Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
The documentary portrays Polasnki’’s court proceedings as irreversibly damaged by a meddling and “unethical” prosecutor, and a judge who was “unduly concerned about his public reputation.”
The film shows a retired deputy district attorney David Wells admitting that he coached the judge to give Polanski prison time, even though his plea agreement said that punishment should follow a Probation Department report.
The Probation report recommended no jail.
“I feel like he said he’’s sorry. I know that he regrets it. I feel sufficiently apologized to. I would place a bet that if he had it to do over again, it would have had a completely different outcome,” Geimer said. (ANI)
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