New Polanski Accuser Comes Forward

She says director sexually assaulted her as minor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2017 3:33 AM CDT
New Polanski Accuser Comes Forward
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 1977 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears in a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse. A lawyer for Polanski says his sex crime victim will appeal to a judge to end the case against him. Attorney Harland Braun said Samantha Geimer will appear Friday, June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles...   (AP Photo/File)

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 Los Angeles Times reports. At a press conference at attorney Gloria Allred's office Tuesday, she says she kept quiet at the time because she feared her father would "do something that might cause him to go to prison for the rest of his life." Robin said she decided to come forward now because she was "infuriated" by the forgiving attitude of Samantha Geimer, who Polanski has pleaded guilty to raping when she was 13.

"I am not over it, and I certainly believe that Roman Polanski should be held accountable for his criminal conduct with Samantha Geimer," Robin told reporters. Polanski, who fled the US before he could be sentenced in 1978 and has lived overseas since, has been trying to get the case thrown out, a move Geimer supports, reports Jezebel. The deadline to file criminal charges in Robin's case has passed, but Allred says the accusations were reported to law enforcement this year and Robin might be called to testify if Polanski goes to trial in the future. In 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis said Polanski sexually abused her "in the worst possible way" on the set of his movie Pirates in 1982, when she was 16. (More Roman Polanski stories.)

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