Samantha Geimer, now 47, was once an underage teenager that Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski seduced and had sex with. He was eventually convicted of sexual assault. On Wednesday, it was reported that Geimer has inked a deal with Afria Books for a tell-all book, “The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski.”
The details of the deal were undisclosed. Geimer’s attorney, Lawrence Silver, will add his insights to the book, including “the many fascinating and even shocking legal aspects of the story.”
Geimer was 13 when the famed movie director plied her with Quaaludes and champagne and told her he was photographing her for the French version of Vogue. The 1977 incident occurred in a bedroom of Jack Nicholson’s house.
Since then, Geimer has repeatedly asked that all charges be dropped against Roman Polanski, stating that the continued publicity over the decades-old event “causes harm to me, my husband and children.” She even filed court papers to get the charges dismissed. The 2009 filing said:
“I am no longer a 13-year-old child. I have dealt with the difficulties of being a victim, have surmounted and surpassed them with one exception.
“Every time this case is brought to the attention of the Court, great focus is made of me, my family, my mother and others. That attention is not pleasant to experience and is not worth maintaining over some irrelevant legal nicety, the continuation of the case.”
Polanski was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse. A Los Angeles judge agreed to drop the remaining charges and sentence him to prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation.
After 42 days an evaluator released him, deeming him mentally sound and unlikely to offend again. However, Polanski feared further sanctions and fled the U.S.
Polanski, whose films include “Chinatown,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “The Pianist,” for which he won the Best Director Oscar, is restricted by an Interpol arrest warrant which is in effect in 188 countries. However, he moves freely between Switzerland and France. In 2010, he was freed from house arrest after the Swiss government refused to deport him to the United States.
Polanski and Geimer settled a lawsuit in 1993, with the director agreeing to pay her $500,000 for sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and seduction. The lawsuit was filed in December of 1988, but all these years later, it remains unclear if the sum was ever paid.