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Woman raped by Roman Polanski asks for 'mercy' to end court case

Woman raped by Roman Polanski asks for 'mercy' to end court case

She told Judge Gordon that dropping the case against Roman Polanski would give her both "relief" and "justice" and would be like "an act of mercy" given to herself and her family.

This week, Samantha Geimer told the court about her desire to forgive the filmmaker and to close this case on the having unlawful sex in 1977.

Standing before the judge, CNN quoted her as saying, "Justice is not only about punishment, it is about equity and consideration".

On Friday morning, June 9, Geimer addressed the judge in the rape case, Judge Gordon, to do what the DA would not do, and finally drop the case against Roman Polanski.

He admitted statutory rape and served 42 days in prison after accepting a plea bargain, but fled the U.S. over fears that the judge hearing his case would overrule.

Since then, the Chinatown director has remained a fugitive.

Polanksi's attorney, Harland Braun, asked the judge on Friday to unseal testimony about the 1977 plea deal.

Samantha Geimer smiles as she arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court for the motion hearing in Los Angeles on Friday. Her letter to the DA, however, did not persuade him to drop the almost 40-year-old ongoing case.

Judge Scott Gordon called Geimer's testimony to the court "elegant and courageous", adding that "closure" is something she deserves.

The filmmaker, who has French and Polish citizenship, never returned to the US.

Polanski at a California courthouse on August 8, 1977. She had previously attempted to get the DA involved in continuing to prosecute the case to drop it, as well, but that proved to be unsuccessful.

"It is very embarrassing and unpleasant for them when there are reporters parked outside the house and they are outside with cameras".

Outside court, Geimer, who now lives in Hawaii, said she was glad to "have had the chance to speak and not just be a spectator".

She sued Polanski and reached a settlement in 1993 for $500,000.

"It just wasn't as traumatic for me as everybody would like to believe it was". "I was a young and sexually active teenager". But it was not an uncommon thing. Geimer made an impassioned argument that if the case was dropped, she could finally have freedom from it and being at the center of what was arguably one of the most controversial trials ever involving people in the movie industry.

She said she is now a grandmother and wants to end the media intrusion that she believes exists because the case is not settled.

"I'm fine", Geimer added.