NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Roman Polanski's rape victim, Samantha Geimer, who identified herself long ago, is asking that the Oscar-winning director's case be dismissed.
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If Polanski is brought to an American court, Geimer, who is now an adult and living with her husband in Hawaii, cannot be forced to testify against him. What she really wants, she says, is for the case to be over. Geimer has already sued him and reached an undisclosed settlement. She filed court papers earlier this year asking the charges against Polanski be dismissed, according to CNN.
But clearly American authorities have different ideas.
Polanski, 76, director of "Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby" and the Oscar-winning "The Pianist" was arrested Saturday as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival.
Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a convicted felon and fugitive, and a Swiss justice official said there has been an international arrest warrant out on him since 2005.
Back in 1977, the director had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a then 13-year-old Geimer, who said Polanski performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her after giving her champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away.
Polanski has called the girl a sophisticated teen who willingly had sex with him. The court didn't see it that way.
He was sent to prison for 42 days, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. On the day of his sentencing in 1978, aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time, Polanski fled to France.
He is currently in a Swiss prison, awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to the United States. Swiss officials have said he will likely not be released until a court has ruled - a process that could take weeks.
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