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Samantha Geimer, Polanski's victim, doesn't back prison time for the director


Roman Polanski's efforts to have a 30-year-old rape conviction dropped has an unlikely advocate in his victim, Samantha Geimer.

Geimer was 13 years old when Polanski allegedly plied the aspiring model with Champagne and Quaaludes and told her he was photographing her for French Vogue. The 1977 incident occurred in a bedroom in Jack Nicholson's house. Actress Anjelica Huston, who was also in the home, was a potential witness. Polanski was arrested in L.A. and pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He then fled to France.

Geimer, now a mother of four, has said repeatedly and publicly that she thinks Polanski was treated unfairly and expressed a desire for the case to be resolved without prison time.

When Polanski sought to have the rape charge dismissed in 2008, she told The Times she welcomed an opportunity finally to end the case. "It's been a long time," she said. "I don't wish for him to be held to further punishment or consequences."

In 2003, she wrote an Op/Ed piece for The Times saying the case should not be a barrier to him winning an Academy Award:

Now that he's been nominated for an Academy Award, it's all being reopened. I'm being asked: Should he be given the award? Should he be rewarded for his behavior? Should he be allowed back into the United States after fleeing 25 years ago? Here's the way I feel about it: I don't really have any hard feelings toward him, or any sympathy, either. He is a stranger to me. But I believe that Mr. Polanski and his film should be honored according to the quality of the work. What he does for a living and how good he is at it have nothing to do with me or what he did to me. I don't think it would be fair to take past events into consideration. I think that the academy members should vote for the movies they feel deserve it. Not for people they feel are popular.

Polanski ended up winning best director for "The Pianist."

She could not immediately be reached for comment on the director's arrest in Zurich. He's in Swiss police custody awaiting extradition to Los Angeles after being arrested there in connection with the rape case.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: 2008 file photo, Peter Kramer / Associated Press

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I understand both sides of the issue.. I totally understand why Mrs. Geimer wants this to just end.. its been 31 years people! Hasn't see had enough.. but I also believe that people should not go unpunished for wrongful doings. Whats this world coming too??

C'mon people you commit a crime, you do the time...

This is her life and Roman Polanski's life, it is not fair for ulterior motives by people who are not affected, to drag this out. Let this woman have some peace, and Roman Polanski's paid!

I can also understand why the victim would not want to be constantly reminded of this. At the same time, I can't help thinking that a man that would give a 13-year-old quaaludes and alcohol in order to have sex with her probably had done it before, or has done it since. If he wasn't famous, I don't think there would be any question that this man shouldn't be allowed to prey on others.

Sounds as if she's buried her feelings and doesn't want to relive the issue.

This could have all been over years ago had Polanski acted like an adult and done his time. He's a chicken.. and a felon.

If this is what Ms Geimer wants, then let it be at that. I believe this is a decision she has made, and it is her judgement and therefore, it's no one else's concern! I'm sure this is still on Polanski's and he may in turn consider giving her a large sum of money. This would be more beneficial than giving it to government.

Mrs. Geimer has healed and moved on. Undoubtedly she's wondering "why can't these outraged folks let go and get a life?"

Nobody's fault but Polanski's. He needs to stop running away from his duty to take responsibility for his poor choices. He had his opportunity to defend himself in court and will now again. He's a felon and a sexual predator who needs to reflect on his sorry life from behind bars in State prison, with a hefty penalty for running away BTW.

forget all the hype about all his acculades for his movies. the man is a criminal. he is a fugitive from justice and should be treated as such. in otherwords if your a fugitive you should be exonorated because your famous,its not fair for the criminals who were arrested

Does this mean he will have to register as a sex offender? I hope so, I want to know exactly where he lives so I can tell him personally how bad a film The Pianist was.

"C'mon people you commit a crime, you do the time..."

I wonder if you feel the same about George Bush.


Let me get this straight, Roman--a famous and powerful middle-aged man gives a 13 YEAR OLD GIRL booze and drugs, then lies to her (French Vogue?) to get her to sleep with him, and we're supposed to be worried that the prosecution was somehow unfair? And since you've chosen to live the good life in Europe for the last 30 years rather than accept the judgement of the country in which you did this, we're supposed to just let it go? Sorry, my brother, that's not how we do it in this country. If France thinks date-raping teenagers is just part of middle age, fine, you should have done it there. PS, love your movies...

This might come as news to some, but victims don't have a say in what is or isn't done to their victimizers once the State has filed charges and the accused has pleaded guilty. The heavy sentence is going to be for fleeing the court, BTW, not the sex charge.

Come on, you can't even comment on this message board if you're 13. Surely you can't screw Polanski. Even if he shouldn't serve time Polanski should be tried by a jury, or do you people honestly believe that time and talent make you imprevious to the most democratic judicial system on the planet? If he is truly not culpable, that will be reflected in court, not in the the Hollywood Reporter or by AMPAS.

Da Maverick, I concur. That was the best laugh I had all day.

do you still like raping kids, mister polanski?

Many victims end up forgiving their rapist, but the rapist still has to be punished for what they did. It don't matter whether or not she wants him in jail. The case is now a federal matter. He has gone all these years without being punished for his crimes. How has he paid? By living like a king in France? He is no better than all the other child rapist that walk free. I am glad that they finally got him, and now he has to be made responsible for his actions.

While I respect her opinion, I still believe he should serve his sentence. Crime is a crime ...it does not matter if the victim wants to protect or forgive those convicted of a crime.

It's not up to her to decide his fate. The decision belongs to the State of California. Also, he is a federal fugitive for crossing state lines and fleeing the country to avoid prosecution.

This is so sad! I didn't know exactly what Polanski was charged with until today. After reading Samantha's comments I'm more hurt by his actions. I do understand why she feels like this. She WAS a victim and doesn't want to be one. I admire her kind words. However, there will never be any justice in what he did.
He came to our country. He took advantage of everything we have. We gave him money, fame & what did he do with it??? He got arrogant and raped a 13 yr old girl. When the courts gave him a "deal" to keep him from a life in prison he took it...then he fled the country for HIS homeland???
We need the $ we've wasted chasing him. He owes the time & if justice was done he would've been DEAD a long time ago. Pedophile. 44 yr olds know better! Someone needs to tell him NO you can't have everything you want.

I wonder how Mrs. Geimer would feel if the same event was to occur to a 13-year old daughter of her's.

Sincerely, Jules

(I don't know that she has children and I do not want this published if it is likely that her children might come to harm.)

how would you like to become known and reknown again, over and over, decade after decade as the rape victim of Polanski? Christ, seems like as soon as she is allowed to live a normal life, the DA resurrects this notoriety. They don't care about the victim in this case. the whole thing is absurd.

Polanski (a successful and intelligent man, no doubt), whom I will NOT refer to as "Mr." should be held accountable for what he has done! He raped a 13-year-old girl and regardless of his prior tragedy of losing his pregnant wife to a horrific murder, he was aware of what he was doing at the time. He was not worried about what he was doing to this beautiful young girl; he did not care if he caused her emotional and/or physical scars for the rest of her life! He is an absolute pig. Physical abuse is PHYSICAL ABUSE and should NOT BE TOLERATED. Anyone who was guilty of this crime in 1977 (who did not have the credentials and success that Polanski had) would have rotted behind bars! The rich and famous are immune to the law and THIS NEEDS TO STOP! His time has arrived to "pay for the crime" and I hope he is not "left alone" as Samantha Geimer has requested. She needs to be proactive (if not for her own experience, to speak up for girls who may have been victims following her incident). His abuse toward younger girls most likely did not STOP with one incident. I imagine a lot of young women may have been molested at the hands of Polanski, and the stories will surface once he is extradicted back to the U.S. Mothers and fathers learning of this for the first time might question their daughters who he may have photographed in other countries (and possibly more stories of the same content will surface). Samantha Geimer does not want to relive the experience because she has most likely put it behind her (doubtful) but it can happen. She is taking the typical stance of a victim (trying to protect him). I read the transcript of the original Grand Jury minutes of April 4, 1977 on the Internet. I felt angry and as I said earlier, he's a P-I-G! I hope his days of drinking champagne are OVER~

I understand the family SETTLED over the incident years ago,BUT not showing up to court has nothing to do with the victim. He is on the run and should be sent to prison. The rape in this case is non existant as far as the law is concerned.
I hope the paedophile rots in prison for that is what he is.

This is a case of Jew sticking up for a Jew.

If he had sex with a 13 year old child he should be placed on the sex offenders list and sent to prison for rehab.

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