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Polanski rape victim to ask court to end case

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Melody Ballard | 15 June, 2017, 02:34

A woman sexually assaulted by film director Roman Polanski when she was 13 years old has pleaded with a judge to end the case so she can get on with her life.

Forty years ago, a 13-year-old girl clutched a heart charm her friend gave her as a prosecutor made her describe in explicit detail to a grand jury her alleged rape by director Roman Polanski.

"She is exhausted of this case going on for 40 years", Polanski's attorney Harlan Braun said Thursday.

Braun told Reuters he hopes the unsealed testimony would reveal the Polanski's plea deal which he wants to use as evidence to European authorities to rescind the global arrest warrant against Polanski. She noted that she has suffered "insults and mistreatment" for 40 years.

Geimer described the ordeal she faced from the moment the charges went public, when Polanski was the acclaimed director of "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" whose wife and unborn child had been murdered by the Manson family. The cover features a photo shot by Polanski.

She said she believes Polanski has served his sentence and "done everything he needed to do".

This story has been corrected to show that the former prosecutor who handled Polanski's case is retired, not dead.

'Samantha Geimer is exhausted of this. Now, Roman's own victim is begging the courts to drop the case and let Polanski return without fear of prosecution.

"Samantha Geimer is exhausted of this". She said she has felt that the media have wanted her to play the role of victim for the last 40 years, even though she had long ago gotten over it.

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It was unclear whether Ms Geimer or Ms Tate would be permitted to address the court at the hearing.

This combination photo shows director Roman Polanski at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story", at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 27, 2017, left, and Polanski at a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse on August 8, 1977.

FILE - In this May 6, 2008 file photo, Samantha Geimer arrives at the premiere of the HBO Documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" in NY.

But as he did throughout the hearing, Gordon alluded to Polanski's ability to end this case now by returning to California for sentencing. The trial judge in the case found "substantial evidence of oppressive conduct by Polanski and a strong likelihood that a jury would find despicable conduct on the part of Polanski".

In April, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected a motion by Polanski's lawyer that asked for assurances the filmmaker would not serve more jail time if he returned to the United States.

FILE - In this May 27, 2017 photo, director Roman Polanski appears at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story", at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France. "That is something people need to remember in this case", Debra said.

Braun hopes to use the testimony to persuade European authorities to rescind the global arrest warrant against Polanski.

Gordon said at the end of Friday's hearing that he would take the request under consideration, but did not indicate when he would issue a ruling.

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