Roman Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, admits that he raped her at Jack Nicholson’s house when she was 13, but claims it was 33 years ago and it’s time to get over it.
Samantha Geimer is making light of being drugged and raped by famous director Roman Polanski 33 years ago. She contends that since he hasn’t done it again, all should be forgotten. Polanski fled the US to avoid prosecution and L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley says he did the crime, he has to do the time… regardless of what the victim says now.
“Enough is enough. This matter should have been resolved 33 years ago,” she said in an interview with The Times on Monday night.
Polanski had sex with Geimer at Jack Nicholson’s home in 1977 — sparking the epic case that appeared to end Monday when Swiss officials said they would not extradite the Oscar-winning director back to L.A. to face sentencing.
Geimer, who has in the past publicly forgiven Polanski, said she can’t understand why prosecutors continue to pursue the director, maintaining that he’s not a threat to anyone.
“At 76 years old? I don’t think so.”
She was forbidden from talking about the civil-suit settlement she and Polanski reached, but said that didn’t influence her opinion that the case should have been ended years ago.
“People say I have ulterior motives,” she said. “That doesn’t make it true. I’ve felt this way from the beginning.”
In Los Angeles and Washington, however, officials vowed to continue their pursuit of Polanski, though their options are now significantly limited.
“A 13-year-old girl was drugged and raped,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley. “This is not a matter of technicality.”
The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said the U.S. had failed to turn over certain documents requested by the Swiss.
L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, who led the effort to bring Polanski back to the U.S., said he was dumbfounded by the decision. “Mr. Polanski is still convicted of serious child sex charges,” Cooley said. “The Swiss could not have found a smaller hook on which to hang their hat.”
Now if famed director Spike Lee gave a 13-year-old roofies, raped her and fled the country, they would have given his whole family aiding and abetting charges until he came back.