Polanski's Victim: Drop Case and Leave Me Alone

Samantha Geimer cites failing health and job loss fears in court docs

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009  |  Updated 6:30 AM CDT
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Director Roman Polanski is finishing a film from his prison cell where he is fighting extradition charges for a 1977 sex charge. His victim said she wants the case dropped.

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Roman Polanski’s victim wants his rape case to be dismissed and her family left alone, the victim’s lawyer wrote in court papers.

Samantha Geimer has experienced health problems and relentless hounding from the media since the Oscar-winning director’s arrest last week in Switzerland, according to the 6-page court filing reported by The Associated Press.

Geimer revealed her identity long ago and has argued for years for the case to be dismissed. In the filing with the Second District Court of Appeals, Greimer's lawyer says the pair have fielded about 500 media calls since Polanski’s arrest; reporters seeking scoops have even "stalked" Geimer near her family home in Hawaii.

"The pursuit has caused her performance at her job to be interfered with and has caused the understandable displeasure of her employer and the real possibility that Samantha could lose her job," lawyer Lawrence Silver wrote.

The papers end with the plea: “leave her alone.”

The move comes as Polanski is fighting extradition to the U.S. after having  been nabbed while en route to attend a film festival in Switzerland.

The “Chinatown” director is accused in court papers of raping Geiner when she was 13 after giving her champagne and part of a Quaalude pill.

He was first indicted more than 30 years ago on six felonies that included child molestation and sodomy. After pleading guilty to having sex with a minor, Polanski was sent to prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation but served only 42 days. Polanksi was warned he would likely be thrown back in jail. He fled the country before sentencing in 1978.

In 1988, Geimer sued Polanski and won $500,000. It is not clear if she was ever paid in full, according to the AP.
 

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