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Roman Polanski's victim in child sex case says L.A. prosecutors should leave director alone

October 8, 2010 |  7:04 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a5a1386b970b-800wiRoman Polanski's sexual assault victim said she was unhappy that L.A. prosecutors revived the 30-year-old case and was relieved when Swiss authorities refused to extradite the famed director back to the U.S.

"If just the arrest brought such a ruckus into my life and into my backyard in a literal sense ... I'm sure his coming back would just be a thousand times worse," Samantha Geimer said in an interview with CNN's Larry King.

Geimer was 13 when a then 43-year-old Polanski had unlawful sex with her at a Mulholland Drive home in 1977. She later reached a financial settlement with the director and has been an outspoken opponent of the district attorney's effort to revive the case. Polanski, claiming the judge in the original case was biased against him, fled to Europe before sentencing in 1978.

Swiss authorities arrested Polanski in September 2009 and held him under house arrest as the U.S. attempted to extradite him back to Los Angeles to face sentencing. But in July, the Swiss announced they would not extradite Polanski, who was set free from house arrest at his posh chalet.

Geimer told King she hopes this means the end of the case for prosecutors.

"If people want to protect children, then right now there are children being trafficked online, in classified ads -- they should do something about things happening now," she said. "Going after Roman Polanski doesn't protect anybody. It just distracts maybe from more important things."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Samantha Geimer. Credit: Los Angeles Times