Polanski victim wants the case to finally end

Thursday, 15 Jun, 2017

Geimer appeared with Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, and told reporters she's been over this case since it happened.

Judge Scott Gordon said he would respond in writing and thanked Ms Geimer for her bravery.

Polanski admitted to statutory rape and spent 42 days in prison, but fled to France in 1978 before being sentenced and has refused to return to the United States since.

Gordon said he would take Geimer's comments into consideration and did not issue an immediate ruling.

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".

According to CNN, for the first time in 40 years, the victim stood before a judge and asked him to drop the sexual offence case against the famed film director.

Samantha Geimer has long asked United States authorities to stop pursuing filmmaker Roman Polanski for having sex with her in 1977, when she was 13. The judge is just playing games with him, " Braun added. "It just wasn't as traumatic for me as everybody would like to believe it was", Geimer said.

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

She said she has "empathy" for Polanski, noting that he is now facing the same type of insults she endured in the early days of the 1977 sex case, when she was 13 years old. Geimer will appear Friday, June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles Superior Court to help make the case that Polanski has served his time for the 40-year-old crime.

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She also asked the judge to unseal testimony of former Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson, who formerly handled the case.

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

Braun wants to use the transcript to show Polanski has served his time so the worldwide warrant is dropped.

The lawyer said beyond the six weeks Polanski completed in California, he also deserves credit for the 10 months he spent under house arrest during a failed extradition effort in Switzerland in 2010.

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.

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.

Geimer, who now lives in Hawaii and was accompanied to Friday's hearing by her husband of almost 30 years, told the judge he could explore various avenues to settle the matter, including dismissing it, sentencing Polanski to time served or recalling an worldwide arrest warrant against the director. CNN does not normally identify sexual assault victims, but Geimer identified herself publicly years ago.

Nicholson was not at home at the time of the offence and prosecutors dropped charges of rape and sodomy against Polanski.

She wrote a memoir titled "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" four years ago.