In a rare press interview, fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski said the judges who have been handling his 1977 rape case for the past 40 years are “corrupted.”
Polanski, 84, opened up about the case during an interview at the Zurich Film Festival, where he is promoting his latest film, “Based on a True Story.”
The rape case involved Samantha Gailey — now Samantha Geimer — who was 13 years old at the time. Polanski referenced Geimer, who recently testified on Polanski’s behalf, in his latest comments.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Polanski saying: “As you know Samantha Geimer has been asking for over 30 years for this thing to end. But, I’m sorry the judges who dealt with it the last 40 years were corrupted, one covering for the other.”
Polanski fled to Europe to avoid sentencing in the U.S. in 1978, and has remained in exile ever since. His latest attempt to have the case thrown out was rejected last month in California.
Polanski added: “As far as what I did: It’s over. I pleaded guilty. I went to jail. I came back to the United States to do it, people forget about that, or don’t even know. I then was locked up here [in Zurich] after this festival. So in the sum, I did about 4 or 5 times more than what was promised to me.”