Roman Polanski sex victim to appear in court for first time
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 22:02
FILE - In this August 8, 1977 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears in a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse. A lawyer for Polanski says his sex crime victim, Samantha Geimer, will appeal to a Los Angeles judge on Friday, June 9, 2017, to help make the case that Polanski has served his time for the 40-year-old crime. Attorney Harland Braun s.
The lawyer told the Reuters news agency that Geimer will appeal in a Los Angeles court to end the case.
"She is coming with her husband because she is exhausted of this case going on for 40 years", he said.
Gordon said at the end of Friday's hearing that he would take the request under consideration and did not issue an immediate ruling.
The most recent attempt to resolve matters ended in April when a Los Angeles judge ruled that the French-Polish director could not cut a deal from overseas to return to the United States without serving more jail time.
Geimer was five years younger than the age of consent when Polanski had sex with her during a photo shoot at actor Jack Nicholson's house in California.
He was charged with a number of felonies, including rape and sodomy, but prosecutors dropped most of the charges in a deal that saw Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
Debra Tate, the sister of Polanski's murdered actress wife Sharon Tate, will also attend Friday's court hearing, Braun said.
"I finally will get to stand before a judge and say how I feel", Samantha Geimer told a throng of reporters outside Los Angeles Superior Court.
Earlier this year (17), Braun claimed the 83-year-old Oscar victor was prepared to return to America for a court hearing as long as lawmakers vowed he'd serve no prison time.
"She wants to get it over with", Braun said on Thursday. "She wants it over". She did not elaborate. If they are not, they will make their case to media outside, Braun said.
When informed Thursday by his lawyer, Roman Polanski has welcomed the decision of Samantha Geimer to appear before the USA court and " think it might help ".
Violated at the age of 13 by the director who had drugged her, Samantha Geimer has long defended Roman Polanski.
Polański fled the U.S. in February 1978, shortly before being sentenced for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. In recent years, she has said repeatedly that she has forgiven Polanski, now 83, but Friday's appearance would make the first time Geimer has appeared publicly at a court hearing in the case.
Attorney Harland Braun wants a judge to release sealed testimony he believes will show judicial misconduct years ago.
Polanski, whose films include "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Pianist", was arrested on US warrants in both Poland and Switzerland during the past decade, but both countries ultimately declined to extradite him.