Roman Polanski's victim asks judge to drop case

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Repeating what she previously wrote in a letter, Samantha again expressed feeling that her sexual assault case was continuously used by prosecutors as a means of furthering their own careers, as the mention of a defendant of Polanski's stature is apt to draw media attention.

Geimer downplayed Polanski's actions saying "I knew he was sorry the next day, I was sure he instantly regretted what he had done".

The Oscar-winning filmmaker has been a fugitive since he fled to France in 1978 on the eve of being sentenced for having unlawful sex with a minor.

Gordon said at the end of Friday's hearing that he would take the request under consideration, but did not indicate when he would issue a ruling.

"I was a young and sexually active teenager", she said.

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According to CNN, for the first time in 40 years, the victim stood before a judge and asked him to drop the sexual offence case against the famed film director.

Polanski's lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an global arrest warrant that has confined the 83-year-old to France, Poland and Switzerland where he fled during the Holocaust prior to arriving in the U.S.

Agreeing that Samantha Geimer and her loved ones deserve the closure provided in the successful resolution of the case, Judge Scott Gordon added that Roman Polanski holds the key to bringing her peace by finally surrendering himself to USA authorities.

He was unable to up his 2002 best director Oscar for The Pianist because he feared arrest if he returned to the US.

Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977, was greeted by a phalanx of photographers and TV crews as she arrived for a hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court.

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The hearing Friday was part of an effort by Braun to get the court to unseal testimony by the now-retired prosecutor in the case, who is believed to have testified in a closed session about backroom sentencing discussions. It called for no more time behind bars for the director after he spent 42 days in a prison undergoing a diagnostic screening. Her letter to the DA, however, did not persuade him to drop the almost 40-year-old ongoing case. Geimer will appear Friday, June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles Superior Court to help make the case that Polanski has served his time for the 40-year-old crime. Polanski's defense contends that he has already served a sufficient amount of time - including several months of house arrest at a chalet in Switzerland.

For decades, he has been engaged in a cat and mouse game with USA authorities as they unsuccessfully sought to have him extradited from various countries. ABC7 doesn't typically name victims of sex abuse, but Geimer went public years ago.

She sued Polanski and reached a settlement in 1993 for $500,000. Nicholson was not home at the time.

The latest development in Polanski's continuing effort to end the four-decade-old case came in April when a Los Angeles County judge refused to sentence the director in absentia on the grounds that he remains a fugitive.

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