Roman Polanski US Rape Trial Set For Alleged Assault Of Minor

Presently on trial in France for decrying the sexual assault claims from actress Charlotte Lewis, Roman Polanski now finds himself going through a trial subsequent yr in the US over allegations of raping a minor in 1973.

The Oscar profitable director is ready to face American justice beginning on August 4, 2025, plaintiff’s lawyer Gloria Allred revealed in a press convention in the present day.

With Jane Doe (beforehand recognized below a shortened model of her title in 2017) sitting by her aspect Tuesday, Allred additionally said that 90-year-old Polanski acquired papers within the case not too long ago at his house in Paris from a “course of server.” After that, a Los Angeles Superior Court docket choose assigned the date on March 8, the famed advocate legal professional said.

A longtime fugitive from American justice and nearly sure to not seem in courtroom in Los Angeles, Polanski sitting for a deposition within the case continues to be a little bit of an unknown, Allred says. “We’re going to depose him,” the legal professional famous. “No less than that’s our intention right now, that might change,” she added, clearly leaving the opportunity of a settlement open earlier than the 2025 trial. “We’ve not decided as to the place or how that might happen,” Allred concluded.

In her lawsuit, first filed final Might and amended in June, Jane Doe alleges the director plied her with tequila after which raped her at his L.A. house in 1973. In additional vivid phrases, she additionally says Polanski disregarded the then 16-year-old’s pleas of “Please don’t do that,” as he pulled off clothes and raped her. The assault and the aftermath during the last 50 years has induced her “great bodily and emotional ache and struggling,” the go well with says.

In November 2023, Polanski’s lawyer filed to have Jane Doe’s go well with tossed out. Right this moment, legal professional Alexander Rufus-Isaacs took an identical strategy.

“Mr. Polanski strenuously denies the allegations made in opposition to him within the lawsuit and believes that the right place to do this case is within the courts,” he stated for his extradition exempt consumer and Allred’s media look.

Having gained the Finest Director Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist, Polanski has been in self-imposed exile in Europe since he fled the U.S. greater than 40 years in the past after being convicted of the rape of then 13-year outdated Samantha Geimer in 1978. Since coming to a greater than $500,000 settlement with the Chinatown director a number of years in the past (although parts of that settlement nonetheless appear to be unpaid), Geimer has stated that she has come to peace with what occurred. She had publicly commented on a lot of events that the matter ought to be left alone, in her opinion.

Together with his French citizenship as a protecting defend and the assist of a lot of outstanding producers, studio bosses and expertise through the years, the Poland-born filmmaker has fended off numerous makes an attempt by American officers to deliver him again to face justice right here.

In that context, claims of assault in opposition to Polanski have been made time and again by numerous ladies.

German actress Renate Langer instructed Swiss police that Polanski raped her in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15. American artist Marianne Barnard accused Polanski of getting sexually assaulted her in 1975, when she was 10 years outdated. French photographer Valentine Monnier has alleged Polanski violently raped her at a ski chalet in Gstaad in 1975.

In 2010, Charlotte Lewis accused Polanski of sexually assaulting her “within the worst potential means” in 1983 when the then 16-year-old was in Paris for a casting gig. The present courtroom case in Paris comes out of Polanski calling Lewis’ claims a “heinous lie” in a 2019 Paris Match interview.

Polanski has denied all of the allegations besides what occurred with Geimer.

Scorned by critics, Polanski’s final movie, The Palace, debuted on the 2023 Venice Movie Pageant

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