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Listen to my victim, Polanski tells judge

Press Association logoPress Association 15/06/2017

Fugitive film director Roman Polanski has urged a US judge to listen to his sex attack victim and drop the 40-year case against him.

Polsanski's lawyer Harland Braun has filed legal papers saying the Oscar-winning director believes the judge should respect the "wishes" of Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when she said Polanski plied her with champagne and a sedative during the assault.

Monday's filing comes after Geimer, now 54, made her first personal plea to Los Angeles Superior Court for the case to be dropped as an "act of mercy" to her.

Polanski, now 83, went on the run after admitting to a lesser charge of having unlawful sex with the girl during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's Hollywood Hills home in 1977.

Braun said in the document: "Mr Polanski believes the court should respect the wishes of Ms Geimer as she stated in court.

"Mr Polanski hopes the court will understand why he is very sceptical that he will be treated fairly and hopes this court will prove him incorrect."

The filing intends to add pressure to Judge Scott Gordon, who is writing a response to Geimer's motion to dismiss the case on Friday.

Geimer, who reportedly received a payout of more than $US500,000 in 1993 after she sued Polanski, said she believed he had served his time after spending 42 days in jail.

"I would implore you to consider taking action to finally put this issue to close as an act of mercy to myself and my family," she told the court.

"A 40-year sentence has been imposed on the victim of the crime as well as the perpetrator."

Deputy district attorney Michele Hanisee made the case that her suffering had been extended because of Polanski's refusal to attend the court for sentencing.

Polanski, who won a best director Oscar for The Pianist, fled in 1978, fearing a judge would extend his sentence.

Nicholson was not at home at the time of the offence and prosecutors dropped charges of rape and sodomy against Polanski, who is free to travel in France, Switzerland and Poland.

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