Polanski Victim Book Has Cover Photo ... by Polanski

Hollywood Reporter gets an early look

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 24, 2013 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A memoir by the woman raped by Roman Polanski as a teenager has a rather jarring cover image, reports the Hollywood Reporter. It's a photo of then 13-year-old Samantha Gailey taken by Polanski himself. The image came from a photo session with the director in 1977—he coaxed her into posing topless for some pictures—about three weeks before he drugged and raped the teen at Jack Nicholson's place. Polanski later pleaded guilty to unlawful sex before fleeing the US. He eventually reached a settlement with his victim, now Samantha Geimer, in a civil suit. The memoir, titled The Girl, is out in September.

"Since the incident, the media has always illustrated the story with a picture of Polanski," writes Andy Lewis of THR. "Geimer finally wanted to put her own face on the story, and this picture reflected the starting point for her."

The cover of Samantha Geimer's memoir.
The cover of Samantha Geimer's memoir.   (Atria Books/Hollywood Reporter)
In this 2008 file photo, Samantha Geimer arrives at the premiere of the HBO Documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired in New York.
In this 2008 file photo, Samantha Geimer arrives at the premiere of the HBO Documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" in New York.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
A 2012 file photo of Roman Polanski.
A 2012 file photo of Roman Polanski.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
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