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

Oct. 27 2009, Published 9:09 a.m. ET

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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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