AP This combination image shows director Roman Polanski at the image require the film, “Based On A True Story,” at the 70th international film celebration, Cannes, southern France, on May 27, 2017, left, and Polanski at a Santa Monica, Calif., court house on Aug. 8, 1977.
Thursday, June 8, 2017|6:11 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– The victim of Roman Polanski’s sex assault 40 years earlier is going to appeal straight to a judge to end the long-running case versus the fugitive director, his lawyer said Thursday.
Samantha Geimer, 13 at the time of the criminal activity, has actually long supported Polanski’s efforts to end the legal legend that restricts his flexibility, however Friday will be the first time she’s appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on his behalf, attorney Harland Braun stated.
“She’s tired of this case,” Braun said. “The judge is just playing video games with him.”
The Oscar-winner has been a fugitive since he got away to France in 1978 on the eve of sentencing for the crime of having illegal sex with a minor. District attorneys dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized the woman.
Polanski feared the judge was going to break a plea arrangement and send him away for more time than the six weeks he served in jail throughout a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing.
His legal representatives have been defending years to end the case and raise a global arrest warrant that confined him to his native France, Switzerland and Poland, where he got away the Holocaust.
The warrant avoided Polanski from collecting his Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film “The Pianist.” He was likewise nominated for 1974’s “Chinatown” and 1979’s “Tess.”
Polanski, 83, is aiming to get the Interpol warrant raised so he can move easily amongst almost 190 nations in the worldwide policing network. If that happened, the California warrant would still stand.
Polanski competes he is the victim of judicial misbehavior because the now-deceased judge who dealt with the case recommended in private remarks that he would not honor a plea bargain agreement. It called for say goodbye to time behind bars for the director after he invested 42 days in a prison going through a diagnostic screening.
The hearing Friday is an effort by Braun to obtain the court to unseal statement by the now-deceased district attorney in the case, who is thought to have testified in a closed session about backroom sentencing discussions.
Braun wishes to use the records to show Polanski has actually served his time so the global warrant is dropped. Braun also argues that Polanski served an extra 10 months under home arrest during a stopped working extradition effort from Switzerland in 2010.
Deputy District Lawyer Michele Hanisee advised the court to reject Polanski’s latest efforts, stating 2 previous Superior Court judges and an appeals court have ruled against him.
“Individuals implore this court to deny accused’s movements and to summarily reject any future request to re-litigate these concerns missing a proving of new realities or a change in circumstance,” Hanisee composed.
Judge Scott Gordon has actually turned down Polanski’s efforts to deal with the case in the director’s lack or with a pledge that he wouldn’t be sentenced to more time or be jailed if he willingly returned for a sentencing hearing.
Geimer has actually previously stated she forgives Polanski for the assault that took place at Jack Nicholson’s compound in the Hollywood Hills throughout a March 1977 image shoot.
Polanski plied the lady with champagne and part of a sedative tablet before raping her, according to grand jury records. Nicholson was not home at the time.
In addition to the criminal charges, Geimer took legal action against Polanski and reached a settlement in 1993 for $500,000 that consisted of over $100,000 in interest payments. Her long time attorney Lawrence Silver did not return phone and e-mail messages looking for remark.
The Associated Press does not usually name victims of sex abuse, however Geimer went public years ago.
She wrote memoir titled “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski” 4 years back. The cover features an image shot by Polanski.