The woman film director Roman Polanski was convicted of having illegal sex when she was just 13 says she’s “satisfied” with Switzerland’s decision not to extradite the lensman to the United States for her 1977 rape.
Polanski gave Geimer champagne and drugs during a photoshoot at the Hollywood Hills home of actor friend Jack Nicholson before having sex with her against her protests. He was initially charged with six felony counts, but that charge was later reduced to unlawful sexual intercourse in a plea bargain. The director fled the country on the eve of a sentencing hearing in 1978 and remained a fugitive until his arrest in Zurich on a US warrant in Sept. 2009.
On Monday, the Swiss government declared the renowned film director — who won international acclaim for his films Chinatown and The Pianist — a free man after rejecting a US request to extradite him on the outstanding stautory rape charge. The nation has refused to hand Polanski and freed him after seven months of house arrest in his French chalet. So much for being neutral.
Samantha Geimer, now a mother of three in her 40s, has repeatedly asked for the case to be dropped and says she’s pleased with the Swiss decision.
“I am satisfied with this decision and I hope that the district attorney will now close the case and get it over once and for all,” Geimer told French radio Europe 1 Tuesday.
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