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Roman Polanski faces new rape allegations

GENEVA -- Swiss authorities say they have received a complaint from a German woman alleging that famed filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her 45 years ago in Gstaad, Switzerland, while she was in her mid-teens.

Police and the state prosecutor's office in the northern city of St. Gallen say Renate Langer, 61, issued the complaint over the alleged rape in February 1972 in a city police station on Sept. 26. Langer is the fourth woman to accuse the Polanski of sexual assault, according to the AFP news agency.

Langer told the New York Times newspaper that she met Polanski when she was working as a model. She said they travelled together to Gstaad.

Police spokesman Florian Schneider said it was unclear why Langer filed the complaint in the city as Gstaad is inside the judicial jurisdiction of the Bern region.

The St. Gallen prosecutor's office said the case will be transferred Wednesday to the "appropriate authorities" in Bern.

The Polish-born filmmaker fled the U.S. in 1978 after forcing himself on a teenage girl a year earlier.

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