Even with his victim delivering an impassioned plea in court to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against fugitive moviemaker Roman Polanski, a judge in Los Angeles today ruled against Polanski, effectively keeping him in exile from the U.S.
“Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually abusing a teen. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978,” the AP reports. “Gordon’s ruling follows a fervent request by Samantha Geimer to end a ’40-year sentence’ she says was imposed on both perpetrator and victim. It was issued on Polanski’s 84th birthday and blamed the director for the fact that the case was still alive.”
Gordon wrote in his ruling: “Her statement is dramatic evidence of the long-lasting and traumatic effect these crimes, and defendant’s refusal to obey court orders and appear for sentencing, is having on her life.”
The report notes: “Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Geimer when she was 13. She has said he drugged, raped and sodomized her.”
Geimer, now a longtime supporter of Polanski’s efforts to close the case, “told the judge that she was deeply disappointed Polanski had not been able to resolve the case with prosecutors and implored Gordon to ‘bring this matter to a close as an act of mercy to myself and my family,'” the report adds.