A judge rejected the request by Roman Polanski’s rape victim to have the criminal case against him dismissed!
Superior court judge Scott Gordon determined that the 84-year-old “Chinatown” director remained a fugitive from justice and that the court would not dismiss a case, “merely because it would be in the victim’s best interest”.
The ruling follows victim Samantha Geimer’s recent appearance in court. She was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.
Polanski, who admitted to raping Geimer, spent 42 days in pre-trial custody then fled the United States and never returned!He feared a plea bargain with prosecutors would be overruled and as a result would get a lengthy prison term.
“The defendant in this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to comply with court orders,” said Gordon.
Numerous attempts by his lawyers to strike a deal and rescind the international arrest warrant against Polanski without him spending more time in prison have failed. Two recent bids by the United States to extradite Polanski have also failed.
Geimer, now age 50 and lives in Hawaii and has three sons, went before the court in June for the 40-year-old case to be resolved, claiming she had forgiven Polanski years ago and wanted it finally put to rest “as an act of mercy to myself and my family”.
“It appears that a resolution of this case should be simple,” said Polanski’s attorney, Harland Braun, who claims the director wants to be able to travel freely and to visit grave of his wife, Sharon Tate, who was murdered in 1969.
Polanski won an Oscar in 2013 for directing “The Pianist” starring Adrien Brody but would not enter the Country to attend the ceremony.