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September 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
HENDERSON, Nev. - In 2009, Samantha Geimer was watching the daytime talk show "The View" from her then-home in Hawaii when the panel took up the topic of her encounter at age 13 with director Roman Polanski. Polanski had just been arrested in Switzerland, more than three decades after the day in 1977 that changed both their lives. "It wasn't rape-rape," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, setting off a firestorm of criticism. In fact, it was "rape-rape" by nearly any definition except the charge to which Polanski pleaded guilty (unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
In the 33 years since she accused Roman Polanski of rape, Samantha Geimer has publicly forgiven the acclaimed director, accused the U.S. justice system of mistreating him and urged a dismissal of his still pending criminal case. On Friday, Geimer is expected to act again on Polanski's behalf and ask that a Los Angeles County judge halt efforts to extradite the filmmaker from Switzerland. In papers filed in Superior Court on Thursday, Geimer's lawyer accused the Los Angeles County district attorney's office of violating state victims' rights statutes by not consulting Geimer prior to seeking extradition.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
HENDERSON, Nev. - In 2009, Samantha Geimer was watching the daytime talk show "The View" from her then-home in Hawaii when the panel took up the topic of her encounter at age 13 with director Roman Polanski. Polanski had just been arrested in Switzerland, more than three decades after the day in 1977 that changed both their lives. "It wasn't rape-rape," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, setting off a firestorm of criticism. In fact, it was "rape-rape" by nearly any definition except the charge to which Polanski pleaded guilty (unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2009 | Victoria Kim
In the four weeks since director Roman Polanski's arrest, Samantha Geimer has once again found herself in an unwanted spotlight. Phone calls from the media besieged her at home, on her cellphone, at work, seeking comment from the woman who was the 13-year-old victim in the director's sex case three decades ago. Calls have come at all hours of the day, from as far as Germany, Israel and Japan. Every TV network's national morning show called, as did Larry King and Oprah Winfrey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2009 | Harriet Ryan and Joe Mozingo
Roman Polanski agreed to pay the victim in his child-sex case at least $500,000 as part of a civil settlement, but then failed to live up to the terms of the agreement, according to court filings reviewed Friday. The documents leave open the question of whether the fugitive filmmaker has ever paid the money he promised in the confidential 1993 settlement with Samantha Geimer, but a change in her approach to Polanski in subsequent years suggests they may have resolved the issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
February 27, 2003
One cannot help but feel sympathy for Samantha Geimer's request ("Judge the Movie, Not the Man," Commentary, Feb. 23) that she be permitted to move on with her life without being periodically asked about Roman Polanski. However, the justice system exists to punish and deter criminals, even where the victim may not agree with the punishment. The judge had every right to conclude that the sentence Geimer agreed to was insufficient, and Polanski had no right to flee the country to escape punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced. "I have made it clear he needs to surrender," the judge said. Polanski's attorneys said they would appeal. The famed film director is under house arrest in Switzerland, where he is waiting to learn whether the Swiss government will extradite him to the U.S. to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
OPINION
October 31, 2009
One of the chief arguments for Roman Polanski in his otherwise not-very-defensible case is that his victim -- the girl he allegedly drugged, raped and sodomized when she was 13 in 1977 -- doesn't seem to be holding a grudge. Samantha Geimer has said repeatedly that she doesn't want Polanski prosecuted. She went so far as to file a statement in the state 2nd District Court of Appeal last week asking that the case be dismissed, arguing that as a crime victim she has a right to "finality" under the California Constitution.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus in Fur" starring his third wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the subsequent decades, the Holocaust survivor has directed visionary, innovative and paranoid dramas and darkly comedic films, including such landmark pictures as 1968's "Rosemary's Baby," 1974's "Chinatown" and 2002's "The Pianist," for which he won the Oscar for directing.
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July 25, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Samantha Geimer, the woman Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with when she was 13, has released a provocative cover for her new memoir, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” The image is a photograph that the “Chinatown” director took of Geimer in 1977, three weeks before the notorious night that changed both of their lives. In the photo, Geimer, then an aspiring model named Samantha Gailey, still has the chubby cheeks of a girl on the cusp of adolescence, a gold heart dangling from a chain on her neck and a far-away look in her eyes.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012
The former teen with whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex - leading to one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals and the director's flight from the U.S. - is writing a memoir. Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for "The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski. " Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Tuesday that the book will come out next fall. "I am more than 'Sex Victim Girl,' a tag the media pinned on me," Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski's victim, said in a statement released through Atria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A judge has rejected director Roman Polanski's bid to be sentenced in absentia in a three-decade-old child-sex case. Judge Peter Espinoza ruled that Polanski, 76, will have to come back Los Angeles to be sentenced. "I have made it clear he needs to surrender," the judge said. Polanski's attorneys said they would appeal. The famed film director is under house arrest in Switzerland, where he is waiting to learn whether the Swiss government will extradite him to the U.S. to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
In the 33 years since she accused Roman Polanski of rape, Samantha Geimer has publicly forgiven the acclaimed director, accused the U.S. justice system of mistreating him and urged a dismissal of his still pending criminal case. Today, Geimer is expected to act again on Polanski's behalf and ask that a Los Angeles County judge halt efforts to extradite the filmmaker from Switzerland. In papers filed in Superior Court on Thursday, Geimer's lawyer accused the Los Angeles County district attorney's office of violating state victims' rights statutes by not consulting Geimer before seeking extradition.
OPINION
October 31, 2009
One of the chief arguments for Roman Polanski in his otherwise not-very-defensible case is that his victim -- the girl he allegedly drugged, raped and sodomized when she was 13 in 1977 -- doesn't seem to be holding a grudge. Samantha Geimer has said repeatedly that she doesn't want Polanski prosecuted. She went so far as to file a statement in the state 2nd District Court of Appeal last week asking that the case be dismissed, arguing that as a crime victim she has a right to "finality" under the California Constitution.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Samantha Geimer, the woman Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with when she was 13, has released a provocative cover for her new memoir, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” The image is a photograph that the “Chinatown” director took of Geimer in 1977, three weeks before the notorious night that changed both of their lives. In the photo, Geimer, then an aspiring model named Samantha Gailey, still has the chubby cheeks of a girl on the cusp of adolescence, a gold heart dangling from a chain on her neck and a far-away look in her eyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2009 | Victoria Kim
In the four weeks since director Roman Polanski's arrest, Samantha Geimer has once again found herself in an unwanted spotlight. Phone calls from the media besieged her at home, on her cellphone, at work, seeking comment from the woman who was the 13-year-old victim in the director's sex case three decades ago. Calls have come at all hours of the day, from as far as Germany, Israel and Japan. Every TV network's national morning show called, as did Larry King and Oprah Winfrey.
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