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New Rape Accusations Against Roman Polanski

German former actress says director raped her in 1972 when she was 15

(Newser) - Roman Polanski is now facing sexual assault charges from a fourth woman, the New York Times reports. Renate Langer says the director raped her in February 1972 when she was 15 years old. The 61-year-old former actress says she was visiting Polanski, who she met while working at a modeling... More »

New Polanski Accuser Comes Forward

She says director sexually assaulted her as minor

(Newser) - Another woman has accused director Roman Polanski of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor—and her lawyer says she hopes more victims will come forward. The 59-year-old woman, who gave her name only as Robin, says Polanski abused her in 1973, when she was 16 years old, the... More »

Lawyer: Honor Polanski's Secret Deal, Let Him Come Back

Says LA court should let director come back to US without jail time

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since Roman Polanski set foot on the US mainland, but the disgraced director is said to want to square things up and come back to America without facing jail time, TMZ reports. What needs squaring: his punishment for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 at... More »

Polanski's Gig Hosting France's Oscars Met With Outrage

France's minister for women's rights calls it 'shocking'

(Newser) - The pick of Roman Polanski to lead the jury for the annual Cesars—France's version of the Oscars—was met with outrage this week, AFP reports. France's minister for women's rights calls it "surprising and shocking" and the "banalization of rape." Polanksi pleaded guilty... More »

Poland Has Made a Final Decision on Roman Polanski

The director won't be extradited back to the US

(Newser) - Efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland have come to a "definitive end," with the Oscar-winning director staying put in Europe, Reuters reports. According to the BBC , Polanski fled the US in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The US sought his extradition from... More »

Poland: We Won't Send Polanski to US

Appeal ruled out in extradition case

(Newser) - Polish prosecutors have closed the Roman Polanski case, meaning the filmmaker can live and work in the country where he grew up and have no fear of extradition to the US . Prosecutors said Friday that an October verdict rejecting extradition for a 1977 statutory rape case was "right" and... More »

Roman Polanski Faces New Hearing

Poland to decide on US request to extradite fugitive director

(Newser) - The US is still trying to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland, and the 81-year-old director will attend a hearing on the matter next Wednesday, his lawyer said today. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 but fled the US after serving 42 days in a plea... More »

Could Polanski Case Finally Come to an End?

That seems to be Alan Dershowitz's goal

(Newser) - More than 35 years later, Alan Dershowitz is trying to bring the case against Roman Polanski, who fled the US before being sentenced on a statutory rape charge in 1978, to an end. The lawyer has filed new paperwork in a California court calling for a hearing that could close... More »

Polanski Victim Book Has Cover Photo ... by Polanski

Hollywood Reporter gets an early look

(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... More »

Polanski Victim Signs Book Deal

Samantha Geimer aims to 'reclaim identity'

(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... More »

Sharon Tate's 'Engagement Ring' Up for Auction

She was wearing it the night she was murdered, auctioneers claim

(Newser) - An engagement ring that an auction house says was worn by Sharon Tate the night she was murdered by Charles Manson's crazed followers is up for sale next week, reports the New York Daily News . Director Roman Polanski gave the Valley of the Dolls star the 4-karat opal stone... More »

Polanski Picks Up Award, 2 Years Late

'Better late than never,' fugitive director tells Zurich film festival

(Newser) - Two years to the day after the Swiss arrested him for child sex offenses committed in the US in 1977 , Roman Polanski picked up his lifetime achievement award at the Zurich film festival. "What can I say? Better late than never," said the director, who was freed from... More »

Book Claims Pianist Hero Was a 'Gestapo Man'

New book alleges that Wladyslaw Szpilman worked with Nazis

(Newser) - Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life Polish pianist whose memoir inspired Roman Polanski’s award-winning film The Pianist, actually collaborated with the Gestapo, according to a new book. Entitled Accused: Wiera Gran, the book quotes the private notes of Wiera Gran, a deceased Polish singer who once claimed that Szpilman “formed... More »

Roman Polanski Handcuffed, Raped Me: Ex-Model

Edith Vogelhut reports new claims, from 1974, to DA

(Newser) - Now that Roman Polanski is free in Switzerland , another victim is coming forward—and this one claims she was “anally raped repeatedly” by the director in 1974. Former model Edith Vogelhut, at the time a 21-year-old Glamour magazine editor, tells Radar it started when she met Polanski at a... More »

'Misogynistic' Church Would Let Polanski Stay a Priest

Maureen Dowd unimpressed by new edict on sexual abuse

(Newser) - If Pope Benedict was trying to do penance for the sex abuse scandal this week, he'd better say a few billion more Hail Marys, because equating the ordination of women as priests with the rape of young children wasn't quite the way to do it, writes Maureen Dowd in the... More »

Polanski Victim: Drop the Case, He's No Threat

She doesn't want prosecutors to keep going after him

(Newser) - One person of note disagrees with US prosecutors' decision to keep going after Roman Polanski—his victim. "Enough is enough," Samantha Geimer tells the Los Angeles Times . "This matter should have been resolved 33 years ago." Geimer, who had sex with Polanski as a 13-year-old in... More »

US Not Giving Up on Nailing Polanski

Rape of a 13-year-old 'is not a technicality'

(Newser) - The US is "deeply disappointed" by the Swiss decision to free film director Roman Polanski, and authorities are considering what action to take, said a Justice Department official. Polanksi, 76, was freed after 9 months under house arrest when the Swiss Justice Ministry refused to comply with America's "... More »

'Rat' Polanski Deserves a Boycott

Confessed rapist 'has never shown remorse'

(Newser) - The Swiss government's decision to free Roman Polanski on a technicality is bad enough; the fact that a lawyer for the filmmaker and confessed rapist called the move "a great relief after the pain suffered by Roman Polanski and his family" is "the definitive textbook example of unmitigated... More »

Manson Disciple Loses Bid for Freedom

Slasher Leslie Van Houten blows 19th try

(Newser) - Charles Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten lost another bid for freedom yesterday after decades behind bars for her role in the notorious 1969 Manson "family" cult killings. Van Houten, 60, didn't take part in the murders of Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and 4 others in the film... More »

Polanski Sexually Abused Me in 1982: Actress

Charlotte Lewis, 42, says filmmaker 'forced himself' on her in 1982

(Newser) - A British actress says Roman Polanski, who is currently under house arrest after raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, "forced himself" on her in 1982 during the filming of Pirates. Polanski "sexually abused me in the worst possible way when I was 16 years old," Charlotte Lewis... More »

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