Samantha Geimer has always come forward in support of Roman Polanski, despite being raped by him when she was 13 years old. In a recent interview, she once again defended the director, this time with Emmanuelle Seigner. Seigneur is Polanski’s wife, and their interview was for France’s Le Point magazine.
Polanski was accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1977 and was sentenced to 42 days in prison. Later, while still on probation, he fled the US as his legal team got a whiff that he would be facing additional charges. Ultimately, he was detained by Swiss police in 2009, while heading to the Zurich Film Festival. The US had requested his extradition. However, the Swiss court rejected it and released him.
Geimer revealed that she did not know Polanski’s actions were illegal and had no issues with it at the time. She even called his sentence “long” if asked for her opinion. She acknowledged in a 2018 interview that her encounter with Polanski was rape, but Polanski had accepted responsibility in his letter of apology to her. Seigner interviewed Geimer to provide the public with Geimer’s point of view, as Seigner felt that Geimer’s voice deserved to be heard.
Polanski’s arrest, extradition attempts, and subsequent arrest were unfair, according to Geimer. She noted that anyone who thinks Polanski deserves to be in jail now is wrong since he served his sentence and paid his debt to society. Meanwhile, the fact that Geimer has repeatedly to explain why it wasn’t a big deal still weighs her down, and she wishes it was all over.
In conclusion, one cannot help but respect Geimer’s perspective. Despite being a victim, she has a clear view of the situation and can stand up even for the accused. However, Roman Polanski’s case highlights the need for reform in how our legal system handles sexual assault cases, particularly concerning minors.
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