Woman raped by Roman Polanski asks judge to dismiss case
02:32, Jun 15, 2017
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Polanski's lawyers have been trying to end the case and worldwide efforts to arrest him for years. According to AOL, Geimer asked Gordon to bestow an "act of mercy" on her family by settling the case against the filmmaker.
He admitted statutory rape and served 42 days in prison after accepting a plea bargain, but fled the United States over fears that the judge hearing his case would overrule. Gordon did not issue an immediate ruling. "She wants to get it over with".
Roman Polanski could be absolutely clear of the accusation in court if the judge will take into account the words of director's victim.
In recent years, she has said repeatedly that she has forgiven Polanski, now 83, but yesterday would be the first time she has appeared publicly at a court hearing in the case.
His lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an worldwide arrest warrant that confined him to his native France, Switzerland and Poland, where he fled the Holocaust. "It just wasn't as traumatic for me as everybody would like to believe it was", Geimer said.
He was charged with a number of felonies, including rape and sodomy, but prosecutors dropped most of the charges in a deal that saw Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office, which has fought to have Polanski face justice in the U.S., said it would ask the court to deny Mr Braun's request and any others "in the absence of new facts or a change of circumstance".
She spoke briefly with reporters before heading into the courthouse, telling them she was terrified but felt compelled to tell a judge directly that she wanted the case to end. The trial judge in the case found "substantial evidence of oppressive conduct by Polanski and a strong likelihood that a jury would find despicable conduct on the part of Polanski".
Braun hopes to use the testimony to persuade European authorities to rescind the worldwide arrest warrant against Polanski. Polanski's defense contends that he has already served a sufficient amount of time - including several months of house arrest at a chalet in Switzerland.
Polanski reportedly feared that the court would renege on a plea agreement and send him away for more time than the initial six weeks he served while undergoing a psychiatric evaluation prior to his sentencing causing him to flee the country.
"The people implore this court to deny defendant's motions and to summarily deny any future request to re-litigate these issues absent a showing of new facts or a change in circumstance", Hanisee wrote.
He told 54-year-old Geimer that the crimes committed by Polanski are "as serious as this court ever sees", indicating that Roman's appearance in a United States courtroom is still mandated. The actor was not at home at the time.
The latest development in Polanski's continuing effort to end the four-decade-old case came in April when a Los Angeles County judge refused to sentence the director in absentia on the grounds that he remains a fugitive.
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