Victim Asks Judge to Drop Sexual Assault Case Against Fugitive Director Roman Polanski
Samantha Geimer, 13 at the time of the crime, has long supported Roman Polanski's efforts to end the legal saga
Associated Press and Jonathan Lloyd
Roman Polanski won't take his chances
to return to court to resolve his sexual assault case, so his victim is
standing up for him.
Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the crime, was in a Los Angeles
courtroom to appeal directly to a judge Friday to end the long-running
case. Geimer, 54, has long supported Polanski's efforts to end the legal
saga that limits his freedom, but Friday will was the first time she's
appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on his behalf, attorney Harland
"She's tired of this case," Braun said. "The judge is just playing games with him."
The judge said he will issue a written ruling, but he didn't indicate when.
Geimer spoke about the crime, the decades-long legal process and her motivation for stepping forward outside the courtroom.
wasn't as traumatic for me as everyone would like to believe it is,"
Geimer said Friday outside the courtroom. "I understood much worse
things happen to people. I just was not as traumatized as people think I
should have been.
"This is the
first opportunity I've had to come to court and talk, so I figure I'd
take it because I thought it would be my last.
told reporters she has "empathy" for Polanski, noting that he is now
facing the same type of insults she endured in the early days of the
1977 unlawful intercourse case.
was a much different story -- I was a drug-dealing Lolita that cornered
him into this, and I was lying and I made it all up -- so that's what I
dealt with," Geimer said.
"Now he endures it, because now everyone
calls him a pedophile and says terrible things about him which aren't
true. The insults have switched, but I have empathy for the way he was
treated because I was treated the same way when this first happened."
On her way into court, she told reporter she was "terrified."