Roman Polanski sex victim to appear in court for first time


The woman who was the 13-year-old victim in Roman Polanski's 1977 sex case is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday at a hearing about the fugitive filmmaker, who wants to return to the US without risking arrest. FILE - In this May 27, 2017 photo, director Roman Polanski appears at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story", at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France.

Geimer, who has long supported Polanski's efforts to put an end to the case in a bid to move on with her life, wrote a scathing letter to the court earlier this year in which she accused prosecutors of seeking to further their careers rather than resolve the matter.

FILE - In this August 8, 1977 file photo, director Roman Polanski appears in a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse.

"It's been 40 years", he says.

But the judge ruled there is "no sufficient or compelling basis for reconsideration of these issues".

The lawyer told the Reuters news agency that Geimer will appeal in a Los Angeles court to end the case.

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Geimer was five years younger than the age of consent when Polanski had sex with her during a photo shoot at actor Jack Nicholson's house in California. Now, she may make the request for the first time in court.

The Oscar-winning director has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor.

The court hearing in Los Angeles is aimed at getting access to plea deal testimony from the 1970s, Mr Braun said.

Braun said it was up to the judge to decide whether to take into account Geimer's request in the long-running saga.

Braun said the aim of Friday's hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court was to unseal testimony about the 1977 plea deal and use it as evidence to get European authorities to rescind the worldwide arrest warrant against Polanski.

At the time, Braun asked the court to consider the time Polanski had already spent behind bars.

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He would use this to persuade European authorities to rescind an worldwide arrest warrant against Polanski.

The 54-year-old told reporters before heading into the courthouse that she is terrified about speaking in court and wants the case to be over.

Polański fled the USA in February 1978, shortly before being sentenced for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

"I'm just here to try and get things resolved - not on Roman's behalf, but on the behalf of a fair justice system", Geimer said as she arrived late Friday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski decades ago when she was a teen is set to appear before a Los Angeles judge on Friday (June 9) to appeal for the court to end the case.

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