Testimony from Polanski's Teen Victim
03/12/2003 at 12:00 AM EST
Just when it seemed that "The Pianist" director Roman Polanski had at least a passing shot at winning the Oscar, shocking new details of the 1977 statutory-rape case against him have surfaced on the Smoking Gun Web site.
The documents -- quietly unsealed by a judge four months ago -- contain the graphic testimony that his then-13-year-old victim gave a California grand jury at the time of the incident, which eventually led the filmmaker to flee the country rather than face jail. The Polish-born Polanski, now 69, has lived in exile in Europe ever since.
The irony of these revelations is that, with the Oscar race at hand and Polanski's film up for seven awards (including Best Picture, Actor and Director), Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, now 39, had stepped forward to write in the Los Angeles Times last month that she harbors no hard feelings or sympathy toward Polanski, but hopes "he and his film" are "honored according to the quality of the work."
Even a cursory examination of the documents, however, will win Polanski few fans.
According to the 26-year-old testimony, Geimer said she was plied with champagne and part of a Quaalude and was asked if she was on birth control pills. Her physical relations with Polanski (which included acts of sodomy, according to the testimony), occurred in the hot tub at Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home.
Geimer testified that she resisted "a little bit, but not really" at the time "because I was afraid of him ... Sometimes he was saying stuff, but I was just blocking him out."
The teen said their relationship began innocently, with him telling her that he was taking photos of her for French Vogue, before he turned into what she paints as a predator.
Polanski has argued that their sex was consensual, and that he didn't know the girl was underage at the time of their relations.
"It was not consensual sex by any means," Geimer, now a mother of three, wrote in the L.A. Times.