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Polanski victim wants case to end

January 13, 2009|Harriet Ryan

A woman who said director Roman Polanski raped her three decades ago when she was 13 has accused the district attorney's office of victimizing her anew by releasing "lurid details" of the crime.

In an affidavit filed Monday in Superior Court, Samantha Geimer said she was hurt that a prosecutor did not consult her before including a meticulous recounting of the 1977 crime in recent court papers opposing Polanski's attempt to get the case dismissed.

"True as they may be, the continued publication of those details causes harm to me, my beloved husband, my three children and my mother," Geimer wrote.

In the filing, she reiterated support for Polanski's attempts to resolve the 32-year-old sex case, writing that she had long ago recovered.

"I have survived, indeed prevailed, against whatever harm Mr. Polanski may have caused me as a child," Geimer wrote.

Lawyers for Polanski are due in court Jan. 21 to ask a judge to toss out a charge of unlawful intercourse with a minor because of alleged misconduct by a prosecutor and judge.

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