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 USA over allegations of raping a minor in 1973.

The Oscar successful director is about to face American justice beginning on August 4, 2025, plaintiff’s lawyer Gloria Allred revealed in a press convention as we speak.

With Jane Doe (beforehand recognized beneath a shortened model of her title in 2017) sitting by her facet Tuesday, Allred additionally acknowledged that 90-year-old Polanski obtained papers within the case just lately at his house in Paris from a “course of server.” After that, a Los Angeles Superior Courtroom decide assigned the date on March 8, the famed advocate legal professional acknowledged.

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. “Not less than that’s our intention right now, that would change,” she added, clearly leaving the potential of a settlement open earlier than the 2025 trial. “We’ve not decided as to the place or how that will happen,” Allred concluded.

In her lawsuit, first filed final Could 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 over the past 50 years has brought on her “large 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. At this time, legal professional Alexander Rufus-Isaacs took the same method.

“Mr. Polanski strenuously denies the allegations made in opposition to him within the lawsuit and believes that the correct place to do that case is within the courts,” he mentioned for his extradition exempt shopper 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in Europe since he fled the U.S. greater than 40 years in the past after being convicted of the rape of then 13-year outdated Samantha Geimer in 1978.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 mentioned that she has come to peace with what occurred. She had publicly commented on quite a few events that the matter must be left alone, in her opinion.

Along with his French citizenship as a protecting protect and the help of quite a few outstanding producers, studio bosses and expertise through the years, the Poland-born filmmaker has fended off numerous makes an attempt by American officers to convey him again to face justice right here.

In that context, claims of assault in opposition to Polanski have been made repeatedly by numerous girls.

German actress Renate Langer informed 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 doable method” 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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