Roman Polanski's victim asks judge to dismiss his criminal case 'as an act of mercy' to her


The teen girl who was raped by Roman Polanski in the late 1970s is now a grandmother — and she's asking the court to drop his case so she can be free of it.

Samantha Geimer told judge Scott Gordon that she has been serving a 40-year sentence, and asked him to give her justice and relief "as an act of mercy to myself and my family."

Geimer sent a harsh letter to the D.A. in April saying she's tired of a crime that was committed against her being used to further prosecutors' careers. She echoed that sentiment Friday morning, in a hearing before judge Gordon who is handling the current iteration of Polanski's case.

The Rosemary's Baby director says he fled because the judge who was handling his case decades ago promised him he'd serve 90 days of psychiatric evaluation, but was going to sentence him to 50 years in prison. Polanski served 42 days in jail before leaving the country and nearly a year in Swiss prison in the late 2000s before authorities there decided to reject an extradition request.

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French-Polish film director Roman Polanski smiles during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (C) is accompanied by his lawyers as he arrives for a hearing at the regional court in Krakow on February 25, 2015. The court is to decide whether to extradite the Oscar-winning director to the United States for sentencing on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl in 1977. AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 07: Director Roman Polanski presents the Musical 'Le bal des Vampires' during the 'Vivement Dimanche' French TV Show at Pavillon Gabriel on January 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Polish-French director Roman Polanski (R) and British former Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart pose during a photocall before attending a screening of the film 'Week-end of a Champion', directed by Polanski and Frank Simon, in Monaco on December 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
388086 07: Film Director Roman Polanski Attends A Memorial Service For Victims Of The Holocaust, April 19, 2001 In Warsaw, Poland. The Day Marked The 58Th Anniversary Of The Uprising Of The Jews Imprisoned In The Warsaw Ghetto By The Nazi Germans. Polanski Himself Escaped From The Krakow Jewish Ghetto Earlier In World War Ii And Spent The Rest Of The War Years Hiding In Polish Villages. (Photo By East News/Getty Images)
Roman Polanski and his wife Emmanuelle Seigner - Solidarity party for Egypt - 1993. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Emmanuelle Seigner and her husband Roman Polanski, at the European cinema awards - 1989. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Film director Roman Polanski appears with German actress Nastassja Kinski at a press reception in Amsterdam, Netherlands to promote his film Tess in 1979. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
FRANCE - CIRCA 1964: Francoise Dorleac dancing with Roman Polanski. Paris, Club Saint-Hilaire. 1963. HA-1616. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)
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Polanski's attorney Harland Braun wants prosecutors to release the transcript of former deputy DA Roger Gunson's testimony, which he says could prove misconduct in the case, and Geimer is in his corner on that issue. While that was the only pending motion heading into the hearing, much of the discussion centered on dismissal.

Braun made an oral motion to dismiss the case in the interest of justice before Geimer took the podium to address the court.

She said she is deeply disappointed that this case hasn't ended and asked Gordon to consider several paths toward an expedited conclusion: sentencing Polanski in absentia to time served, recalling the international warrant for him, unsealing Gunson's testimony and compelling the DA to investigate the alleged misconduct or dismissing the case altogether. "We are human beings," she said. "Not wins and losses."

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee told the court that while she acknowledges victims have certain rights under the law those rights don't extend to controlling the outcome of criminal cases.

Gordon was sympathetic and told Geimer that the crimes Polanski committed against her are "as serious as this court ever sees."

"I commend you for coming in," he said. "Your courage as a survivor is noted."

Gordon took the matter under submission and told Geimer that she and her family deserve closure — and he also made clear that one person "holds the key" to that closure: Polanski. If the director were to return to the U.S. for sentencing, the matter could be finished once and for all.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Samantha Geimer speaks during a press conference after appearing in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Geimer was assaulted by Director Roman Polanski in Los Angeles in 1977 when she was age 13. (Photo by Paul Buck - Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 09: Samantha Geimer appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on June 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Geimer was assaulted by Director Roman Polanski in Los Angeles in 1977 when she was age 13. (Photo by Paul Buck - Pool/Getty Images)
Writer and former actress Samantha Geimer attends the show 'Le Grand Journal' on the set of the French TV Canal+ in Paris on October 14, 2013. Geimer, who is better known as the 13-year-old girl named as the victim in the 1970s child sex conviction against Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, spoke about her book 'The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski'. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Samantha Geimer appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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Writer and former actress Samantha Geimer attends the show 'Le Grand Journal' on the set of the French TV Canal+ in Paris on October 14, 2013. Geimer is better known as the 13-year-old girl named as the victim in the 1970s child sex conviction against Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 6: Samantha Geimer and Susan Gailey attend HBO Documentary Films' New York Premiere of 'ROMAN POLANSKI: Wanted and Desired' at The Paris Theater on May 6, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 6: Susan Gailey and Samantha Geimer attend HBO Documentary Films' New York Premiere of 'ROMAN POLANSKI: Wanted and Desired' at The Paris Theater on May 6, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 06: Director Marina Zenovich and Samantha Geimer attend the premiere of the HBO documentary 'Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired' at the Paris Theatre on May 6, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 6: Samantha Geimer attends HBO Documentary Films' New York Premiere of 'ROMAN POLANSKI: Wanted and Desired' at The Paris Theater on May 6, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Vice president of Original Programming and Documentaries Nancy Abraham, President of HBO Original Programming Sheila Nevins, director Marina Zenovich, and film subject Samantha Geimer attend the HBO Documentaries premiere Of 'Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired' at The Paris Thatre in New York City on May 6, 2008. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
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