Roman Polanski‘s rape victim Samantha Geimer is pleased that Polish courts have repeatedly denied extradition requests by the United States.
“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.”
Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 after he was accused of drugging the then-13-year-old Geimer, taking topless photos and having sex with her at a photo shoot in Los Angeles.
The director served 42 days in prison and subsequently fled the country. U.S. authorities have continued to pursue the director, but Geimer said she wishes they would stop, for at least partially “selfish” reasons.
“Everyone wants to use the most sensational words they can,” she said of the way the case has played out in the press. “It’s unpleasant to be talked about in those terms.”
But the main reason Geimer wants the case to be put to bed is because she sees it as “Hollywood justice,” a waste of resources and an attempt at grabbing headlines.
“If they’re going to waste time and money they should be spending it on helping people right now, today, that need help — not going for a publicity grab at everybody else’s expense,” she said. “Right now something terrible is happening to someone in Los Angeles — right now a woman needs help.”