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Samantha Geimer says in deposition she was afraid of Roman Polanski, tried to go home before assault

September 30, 2009 |  7:58 am

Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when Roman Polanski sexually assaulted her at the home of Jack Nicholson, provided chilling testimony about what happened in court documents reviewed by The Times' Steve Lopez.

In the deposition, Geimer repeatedly said she was afraid of the director. She also said she and the director got drunk and that she asked to go home.

Here is a narrative of one part of the deposition:

He insisted, she testified, and so she moved closer and he put his hands around her waist. She told him she had asthma and wanted to get out, and she did. She said he followed her into the bathroom, where she told him, "I have to go home now."

Q: What did Mr. Polanski say?

A: He told me to go in the other room and lie down.

She testified that she was afraid and sat on the couch in the bedroom.

Q: What were you afraid of?

A: Him.

She testified that Polanski sat down next to her and said she'd feel better. She repeated that she had to go home.

Q: What happened then?


A: He reached over and he kissed me. And I was telling him, "No," you know, "Keep away." But I was kind of afraid of him because there was no one else there.
She testified that he put his mouth on her vagina.

"I was ready to cry," she said. "I was kind of -- I was going, 'No. Come on. Stop it.' But I was afraid."

She said he then pulled off her panties.

Read Steve Lopez's commentary here.

--Shelby Grad

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