Samantha Geimer, the woman drugged and sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was just 13 years old, is publishing a memoir.
The 79-year-old award-winning director of Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby and The Pianist fled the United States after he was convicted of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.”
Originally from York, Pa., Geimer had been an aspiring actress in the 1970s. In 1977, while visiting the home of Polanski, he drugged the teen with half a Quaalude and raped her.
Polanski, then 43, was indicted on six counts of criminal behavior, including rape. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, believing he would only be put on probation. When he learned the judge might renege on that promise, Polanski fled to France on Feb. 1, 1978, rather than face jail time. He was never sentenced. The U.S. attempted to extradite him from Switzerland in 2009, but Swiss authorities denied the request.
Geimer, now 49, is breaking her silence in her book “The Girl: A Life Lived in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” It will be released in the U.S. in September. The cover of the book is a picture of the startingly young Geimer – a photograph taken by Polanski just three weeks before he drugged and raped her.
The French title of the book will be “Moi, Samantha, 13 ans, wiolee par Roman Polanski,” which translates to “Me, Samantha, 13-years-old, Raped By Roman Polanski.”
Michel Lafon, the spokesman for the book’s French publisher Atria Books, said the memoir is “not really an attack on Polanski.”
Marina Zenovich’s documentary film “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” was released in 2008. Interviewed in the film, Geimer said she forgives Polanski. She said the memoir is a way of reclaiming her identity.
The director has a bad track record with women in general. In May, Polanski made sexist remarks at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Polanski said “trying to level the genders is purely idiotic.”
"Offering flowers to a lady has become indecent,” he said.
“The pill has greatly changed the place of women in our times, masculinizing her. It chases away the romance in our lives."