New Rape Accusations Against Roman Polanski

German former actress says director raped her in 1972 when she was 15
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2017 3:39 PM CDT
New Rape Accusations Against Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski poses before the screening of "Based on a True Story - D'apres une histoire vraie" at the 13th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.   (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

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 agency in high school in Germany, in Switzerland because he was thinking about casting her in a film. She says she tried to defend herself when he raped her at his home. Langer says she didn't tell police, friends, or family because she was worried about her parents. "My mother would have had a heart attack," she says." I felt ashamed and embarrassed and lost." She says Polanski called and apologized a month later, offering her a small role. But while filming in Rome, Langer says he raped her again despite her throwing bottles of wine and perfume at him.

Swiss police interviewed Langer about the allegations last month, AFP reports. While Switzerland has no statute of limitations on child sex abuse, a spokesperson says it's unclear at this moment if charges will be filed against the 84-year-old Polanski. Langer says she decided to come forward after another woman did so in August and now that both her parents are dead (her father died over the summer). A woman named only as Robin M. said in August that Polanski "sexually victimized" her in 1973 when she was 16, according to Salon. In 2010, actor Charlotte Lewis said Polanski sexually assaulted her in the 1980s when she also was 16. Polanski fled the US in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. (More Roman Polanski stories.)

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