NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 4:26 PM
Samantha Geimer said she believes Roman Polanski should be allowed to move on from the rape case.
Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski should not have been extradited to the United States for his decades-old rape charge, because he’s already suffered enough for it — according to his victim.
Samantha Geimer, who was assaulted by the acclaimed moviemaker when he was 13, told NBC News she was “very pleased” to hear a Polish court rejected a U.S. extradition request for Polanski, who fled to France in 1978.
“I believe they did the right thing and made the right decision given all the facts,” she said Saturday, the day after the decision.
“Since I’m well aware of how long this has been going on, I’m very pleased and happy.”
Geimer, now 52, said the lengthy legal drama has already been hard enough on both of them, and having him back in the U.S. would not do either of them good now.
“I’m sure he’s a nice man and I know he has a family and I think he deserves closure and to be allowed to put this behind him…I feel a kinship with him having been through this,” she said.
“He said he did it, he pled guilty, he went to jail. I don’t know what people want from him.”
Roman Polanski, 83, fled the United States nearly 40 years ago to avoid prison time.
She urged the L.A. County District Attorney to drop the case, calling it “a joke,” “a travesty” and “Hollywood justice at its finest.”
But District Attorney Jackie Lacey didn’t see it Geimer’s way, saying she was disappointed at the rejection “because justice has never been served.”
Polanski pleaded guilty to coaxing Geimer with drugs and champagne, shooting topless photos of her and having sex with her during a photo shoot for Vogue. The “Chinatown” filmmaker spent 42 days in prison but escaped America after learning that he might face more time behind bars.
Since then, he has continued his celebrated filmmaker career, winning an Oscar for directing “The Pianist” in 2003 — as all further attempts at justice have failed. He was arrested in 2009 in Switzerland, jailed and then kept under house arrest for months until the Swiss rejected a U.S. extradition attempt.
Geimer has long contended she holds no ill will toward her abuser.
It’s unclear if the United States will appeal its request for the 83-year-old director.