LOS ANGELES: The victim in the long-standing rape case against filmmaker Roman Polanski has asked a US appellate court to drop the charges against him, reported media.
Samantha Geimer, 46, cited the relentless publicity surrounding the case and the disruption it was causing to her family life, her work and health, reported Los Angeles Times on October 25.
The 76-year-old Polanski was arrested in Zurich on September 26 on an arrest warrant stemming from his admission to having unlawful sex with a then 13-year-old Geimer in California in 1977. Last week, the US officially requested his extradition. Geimer’s lawyerLawrence Silver told the court that his client has become subject of renewed and unwanted media attention.
She has received nearly 500 telephone calls from media around the world, Photographers have been camped outside her home in Hawaii, with some having approached Geimer’s children. She has reportedly been approached by leading US talk shows — The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.
Geimer testified before a grand jury in 1977 that Polanski had plied her with champagne before raping her during a photo shoot. Her attorneys at the time entered a plea deal and Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Polanski subsequently fled the country. In 1993, he settled a civil suit with Geimer, agreeing to pay her at least $500,000. It is not, however, known whe-ther Geimer received any money. — Agencies