Polanski Victim Signs Book Deal

Samantha Geimer aims to 'reclaim identity'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 9, 2012 11:23 PM CDT | Updated Oct 10, 2012 12:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – The 13-year-old girl Roman Polanski had sex with is writing a book—35 years after the day that made the film director an international fugitive. The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski, by Samantha Geimer, will be published late next year by Atria Books, reports CNN. “I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’" Geimer says in a statement. “My friends in junior high" were "scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl," she adds. "I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose—to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity." The publisher did not reveal how much she's being paid.

Polanski, now 79, had sex with Geimer in 1977 after plying her with champagne and the sedative Quaalude during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home. He was initially charged with six felony counts, including child molestation, sodomy, and rape by use of drugs. He admitted to a single count of unlawful sex in a plea deal, but later fled the country. Following a lawsuit, he agreed to pay Geimer $500,000, but it's not clear if he ever handed over any money, notes Vanity Fair. Polanski, who lives in France, was placed under house arrest while traveling in Switzerland in 2010, but freed when the country refused to deport him to the US.

Samantha Geimer arrives at the premiere of the HBO Documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired in 2008 in New York.
Samantha Geimer arrives at the premiere of the HBO Documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" in 2008 in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
Director Roman Polanski arrives for the screening of You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet  in Cannes earlier this year.
Director Roman Polanski arrives for the screening of "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" in Cannes earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
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