There are reports this week detailing a 1993 agreement of Roman Polanski to pay Samantha Geimer $500,000 in damages for raping her when she was thirteen. It is an interesting twist in the case because Geimer later said that she forgave Polanski and advocated that charges be dropped. The agreement came 16 years after the rape when Polanski was living as a fugitive and trying to come home.
He pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with a minor.
What is equally striking is that he failed to pay for the money for three years and owed her an additional $100,000 in interest. It is still not known if he owes her any of the money. It appears that 12 years after the crime, Geimer had filed a claim for payment to damages.
Polanski also does not come across as particularly guilt-ridden in an interview in 1979 when asked about the case. While saying how much he loved living in Paris as a fugitive, he explained to “If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!” Well, I can certainly see what all of the celebrities feel so strongly about dropping all charges against him, here. That would make the half of million dollars as a cost of doing business as a pedophile.
In a 2003 op-ed, Geimer described the crime:
I met Roman Polanski in 1977, when I was 13 years old. I was in ninth grade that year, when he told my mother that he wanted to shoot pictures of me for a French magazine. That’s what he said, but instead, after shooting pictures of me at Jack Nicholson’s house on Mulholland Drive, he did something quite different. He gave me champagne and a piece of a Quaalude. And then he took advantage of me.
It was not consensual sex by any means. I said no, repeatedly, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer. I was alone and I didn’t know what to do. It was scary and, looking back, very creepy.
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