Polanski Made Deal to Pay Rape Victim $500K

Court papers unclear on whether Samantha Geimer received money
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 5:53 PM CDT
Roman Polanski arrives at the 60th International film festival in Cannes, France, May 20, 2007.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, file)
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(Newser) – Roman Polanski struck a deal to settle a civil lawsuit and pay his rape victim $500,000 after going on the lam, but it's not clear whether she received the entire sum. Court papers relating to the 1988 suit, which was settled in 1993, indicate that the fugitive director missed at least one deadline to pay Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when Polanski assaulted her in 1977. But as of 1996—the most recent date in the case file—he owed more than $600,000, the Los Angeles Times reports.