Roman Polanski faces third charge of sexual assault

Roman Polanski faces third charge of sexual assault


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The Polish-French film director Roman Polanski is facing a third charge of sexual assault of a minor.

A woman identified as Robin M. held a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, claiming that the 83-year old award winning director molested her in 1973 when she was 16 years old.

Her lawyer clarified that her client will not seek legal action due to the statute of limitations, but she hopes to testify against him in an ongoing trial. Another alleged Polanski victim, Samantha Geimer, has dropped out of a legal case against him in June 2017. Robin M. told journalists that this is what motivated her to come forward as she felt “infuriated.”

The last remaining case is that of the British actress Charlotte Lewis, who accuses Polanski of sexually abusing her in 1983 when she was 16 years old.

In early April, a Californian court rejected Polanski’s request to close a 40-year-old statutory rape case and allow him to travel to the United States without fear of arrest.

Polanski has sought refuge in the US since 1978, escaping a conviction for sex with a 13-year old minor. Polanski had admitted unlawful sex and had spent 42 days in prison. He finally settled in Paris.

He has since been a fugitive. He was briefly detained in Switzerland in 2009 when US authorities requested his extradition. That was eventually denied, although the director remained several weeks under house detention.

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