Roman Polanski’s Victim Wants Charges Dropped; Says She’s Suffering In Spotlight

Roman Polanski‘s victim, Samantha Geimer, said that the increased media attention she has received since the director was arrested last month is causing her health and work problems as a result of the added stress, according to her lawyer, Lawrence Silver.

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Silver said Geimer is asking a California appeals court that criminal case against Polanski should be dropped, after more than 500 calls poured in from journalists asking for comment since the director was arrested Sept. 26; the 76-year-old filmmaker has been in Swiss custody since that day, when he arrived in the country for a film festival he was slated to receive a lifetime achievement award at.

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Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to a single count of unlawful sex with a minor. He admitted to having given Champagne and a Quaalude to a then-13-year-old Geimer — who he’d taken to his pal Jack Nicholson‘s house for a photo shoot — before having sex with her. Out on bond after his plea, Polanski fled the country before he was sentenced. The arrest warrant against him was issued in 1978.

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Geimer, now a married 45-year-old mother-of-three, went public with her identity several years ago after settling a civil lawsuit against Polanski.

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