Roman Polanski's Victim "Pleased" Polish Court Rejected Extradition
Samantha Geimer says the decades-long legal battle by U.S. authorities to bring Polanski back has been a "travesty" that only caused harm, but L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey vows to fight on, saying, "justice has never been served."
Roman Polanski's victim in his 1977 child sex conviction said she is "very pleased" that a Polish court Friday rejected a U.S. extradition request.
Samantha Geimer, now 52, was 13 years old when the Oscar-winning director plied her with drinks and drugs at a topless photo shoot before having sex with her. Polanski was convicted of unlawful sex with a child and served 42 days in jail as part of a plea deal before fleeing the U.S. fearing the deal would fall apart and he would be forced to spend a long period of time behind bars.
Speaking to NBC News, Geimer said the decades-long legal battle by U.S. authorities to bring Polanski back to face justice has been a "travesty" that only caused harm.
U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly sought Polanski's extradition. The last time the 82-year-old director faced proceedings was in Switzerland in 2009. Swiss judges threw out the case in 2010 after keeping Polanski under house arrest at a Swiss chalet for months.
When a court in Krakow, Poland ruled Friday that the extradition bid was legally inadmissible, Geimer said that like Polanski she felt only relief.
"I believe they did the right thing and made the right decision given all the facts," she said. "Since I'm well aware of how long this has been going on, I'm very pleased and happy."
"Everyone wants to use the most sensational words they can," she told NBC in a telephone interview. "It's unpleasant to be talked about in those terms."
Geimer wrote a book two years ago, The Girl, in an attempt to purge the pain of the experience and subsequent attention, and she now has only kind words for Polanski.
"I'm sure he's a nice man and I know he has a family and I think he deserves closure and to be allowed to put this behind him," she said. "He said he did it, he pled guilty, he went to jail. I don't know what people want from him."
The long legal process has only served to victimize both of them, she suggested.
"We somehow ended up on the same side; things have to go pretty wrong for them to end up this way."
She added: "It's a joke. A travesty ... Hollywood justice at its finest."
Geimer said all she wants is for the L.A. Country District Attorney drop any further extradition attempts — "to honor the deal that was made" — or sentence Polanski in absentia to time served.
That may be unlikely since L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey told the Associated Press that Friday's ruling by the Polish court was disappointing and added that she would continue to pursue the case "because justice has never been served."