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Polanski victim again in spotlight


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POSTED: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As prosecutors in Los Angeles appear ready to bring film director Roman Polanski back to the United States for sentencing on a rape charge in an incident 32 years ago, the spotlight has once again focused on the victim who now lives in Hawaii.

Samantha Geimer, who resides on Kauai with her husband, David, and their family, was 13 when she was raped by Polanski during a private photo shoot.

Geimer, a former San Fernando Valley resident, expressed forgiveness for Polanski in a 2003 interview with the Star-Bulletin. Polanski fled the United States on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 after becoming convinced that a judge meant to backtrack on a plea arrangement and send him to prison.

Geimer, who received a settlement from Polanski, has told the news media she's not in favor of reviving the case.

“;I never even asked for him to be put in jail,”; Geimer told talk-show host Larry King.

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Geimer, who in the past has helped to manage a vacation rental on Kauai, was unavailable for comment yesterday on the latest move by prosecutors.

Polanski, 76, a French citizen after fleeing the United States, is expected to fight the extradition, after authorities arrested him in Switzerland Saturday as he arrived in Zurich to receive an award at a film festival.

Polanski, who directed the American films “;Chinatown”; and “;Rosemary's Baby,”; was 44 when he faced sentencing for having sex with the 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Geimer has said she was drugged and told Polanski several times that she didn't want to have sex with him.

Polanski has in recent months tried to move the criminal case out of Los Angeles, claiming that the court system there is biased against him.

His attorneys have tried to get his case dismissed based on procedural errors, but a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has declined to rule on the motion unless Polanski is present in court.

Legal proceedings were revived in late 2008 with the release of a documentary film, “;Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,”; claiming judicial and prosecutorial wrongdoing.

Polanski was indicted in 1977 on six felony charges, including rape and sodomy. He eventually pleaded guilty to one count of having sex with a minor but left the country after becoming convinced he would be sent to prison.

He gave his acceptance speech by satellite from Europe for the 2002 Oscar for directing “;The Pianist.”;