Polanski Victim Wants Case Dropped

Samantha Geimer asks court, media to leave her alone
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2009 5:35 PM CDT
Samantha Geimer, shown arriving at the premiere of the HBO documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" in New York, May 6, 2008, has asked that the charges against the director be dropped.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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(Newser) – The woman who was raped by Roman Polanski when she was 13 wants the charge against the fugitive director dropped. Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled before sentencing. He's in custody in Switzerland and Samantha Geimer, who lives in Hawaii, is under seige by the media, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The onslaught by the international press corps has negatively affected Geimer's health and work, and she's concerned that the fallout could make it less likely that other victims of crimes committed by celebrities will come forward, her lawyer said. "This statement makes one more demand, one more request, one more plea," he said in a filing with the California appellate court overseeing the case. "Leave her alone."