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New Rape Allegation Surfaces Against Roman Polanski; Premiere of His New Movie Goes Ahead Anyway

Nov 12, 2019  •  Post A Comment

After an allegation of rape surfaced against film director Roman Polanski, the premiere of his latest film, “An Officer and a Spy,” remained on track Tuesday evening in Paris.

The New York Times reports that a French photographer accused Polanski of “violently raping her in 1975 in his ski chalet in Switzerland when she was 18, adding to the list of several women who have publicly accused Mr. Polanski of sexually abusing them as teenagers.”

Through his lawyer, Polanski “firmly denied” the allegation, The Times reports.

“In a letter published online Friday by the French newspaper Le Parisien, the photographer, Valentine Monnier, 62, said she was breaking 44 years of silence after a recent interview by Mr. Polanski,” The Times reports. “In it, the director suggested that he was a victim of persecution, like the main subject of his new film, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish military officer wrongly convicted of treason in what remains France’s most notorious miscarriage of justice.”

Variety reports that promotional activity surrounding the release of the new movie in France was canceled, but the Tuesday night premiere on the Champs Elysees went ahead.

“Polanski attended the premiere, along with the actors Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel and Emmanuelle Seigner,” Variety reports. “A separate screening which was set to take place on Tuesday evening in another Paris area was disrupted by a protest staged by Femen activists.”

The Variety report adds that Gaumont, the film’s distributor, said it intended to go ahead with plans to give the film a wide release across France starting Wednesday.

 

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