Roman Polanski Accused of 1975 Rape


PARIS — A French photographer has accused the director Roman Polanski of violently raping her in 1975 in his ski chalet in Switzerland when she was 18, the sixth lady to publicly accuse Mr. Polanski of sexually abusing her as a teen.

The director, who’s on the intention of launch a movie on Wednesday coping with themes of injustice, “firmly denied” the latest accusation, his lawyer talked about.

In a letter revealed on-line Friday by the French newspaper Le Parisien, the photographer, Valentine Monnier, 62, talked about she was breaking 44 years of silence after a gift interview by Mr. Polanski. In it, the director urged that he was a sufferer of persecution, like the primary matter of his new movie, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish navy officer wrongly convicted of treason in what stays France’s most infamous miscarriage of justice.

“Is it credible to take heed to anyone say, ‘I accuse’ as shortly as they’ve branded you and forbidden you, the sufferer, to accuse him?” Ms. Monnier talked about in an interview revealed by the equal newspaper.

A lawyer for Mr. Polanski, Hervé Temime, talked about on Saturday: “For 45 years, these accusations have positively not been reported to judicial authorities. I strongly deplore their publication just a few days ahead of the discharge of his movie.”

Ms. Monnier educated Le Parisien that she went to Mr. Polanski’s chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, contained contained all by the winter of 1975 with buddies, nonetheless had not acknowledged him personally. When the group went snowboarding, she talked about, he propositioned her in vulgar phrases whereas they have been seated collectively on a ski elevate, and she or he declined.

Later that night time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time time, after returning to the chalet from dinner, Mr. Polanski normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally normally usually usually usually usually normally usually normally usually known as her upstairs, she talked about. “Life had not nonetheless educated me to be suspicious,” she educated the paper. When Ms. Monnier arrived on top-of-the-line touchdown, she continued, Mr. Polanski emerged bare and threw himself on her, inserting her, tearing off her garments after which raping her.

“I used to be totally shocked,” she educated the paper. “I weighed 50 kilos. Polanski was small nonetheless muscular and at 42 was contained contained all by the prime of his life. He acquired the higher hand in two minutes.”

She talked about she remembered fearing she would die. “I mentioned to myself, that is Roman Polanski. He can’t take the hazard that this is able to be acknowledged, so he should kill me.”

Mr. Polanski later apologized to her in tears, she talked about.

Ms. Monnier talked about she wished to talk publicly with the intention to ship an finish to “idolizing the accountable ones.”

Mr. Polanski has lived in France since 1978, when he fled the US ahead of sentencing after pleading accountable to having illegal intercourse with a 13-year-old lady.

Ensuing from statute of limitations for rape is 20 years in France, her accusation can’t finish in an investigation or prosecution. “I denounce this crime realizing that there can’t be any punishment, in an try to finish exceptions, impunity,” she talked about in Le Parisien.

In an e mail correspondence to The New York Circumstances on Saturday, Ms. Monnier declined to remark additional.

Le Parisien reported that it had spoken with members of Ms. Monnier’s entourage, together with an in depth buddy, relations and her then-boyfriend, who corroborated her story.

Mr. Polanski’s new movie, acknowledged in English as “An Officer and a Spy,” is titled “J’Accuse” in French, after the well-known open letter by which the creator Émile Zola accused the French institution of anti-Semitism and deception over the jailing of Dreyfus.

In an interview revealed in August with a French creator discussing “An Officer and a Spy,” which is scheduled to be launched in French theaters contained all by the approaching week, Mr. Polanski talked about: “There are moments of this story that I really actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually actually truly actually truly actually truly actually really feel I’ve lived myself.

“Each season there’s a mannequin new accusation, a mannequin new absurd story from a woman I’ve positively not seen in my life and who accuses me of issues that supposedly occurred a half century so far.”

In 2017, a German former actress, Renate Langer, accused Mr. Polanski of raping her in 1972, when she was 15, furthermore in his Gstaad chalet. Swiss prosecutors declined to pursue a rape investigation in that case, citing statute of limitations permitted ideas.

Mr. Polanski has furthermore been accused of sexual abuse by the British actress Charlotte Lewis, who talked about in 2010 that the director abused her in 1983, when she was 16; and by a woman publicly acknowledged solely as Robin, who in 2017 talked about that he had “sexually victimized” her in 1973, when she was 16.

Furthermore in 2017, an artist, Marianne Barnard, accused Mr. Polanski of molesting her in 1975, when she was 10. The director talked about on the time that he rejected the “unfounded allegations.”

He stays wished all by the US over the case involving the 13-year-old, Samantha Geimer, nonetheless France wouldn’t extradite its residents. Judges have denied pretty only a few requests from the director to drop the decades-old case.

Feminist teams in France have normally staged protests contained all by the route of Mr. Polanski, together with exterior a retrospective of his occupation on the distinguished Cinémathèque in October 2017.

Though Ms. Monnier first spoke publicly on Friday, she had extended made her story acknowledged to these near her, she educated Le Parisien. She talked about she furthermore written about her accusation to France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, to the personalised minister and to the junior minister for gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, in 2018.

Ms. Schiappa, in flip, wrote a letter to Ms. Monnier in March of that 12 months, which The New York Circumstances has obtained.

All by the letter, she praised Ms. Monnier for “breaking a 42-year-old silence,” and talked about she empathized alongside collectively collectively collectively collectively alongside collectively collectively alongside collectively collectively alongside alongside collectively alongside collectively alongside alongside collectively alongside alongside alongside collectively collectively collectively collectively collectively collectively alongside alongside alongside collectively collectively alongside collectively alongside collectively collectively alongside collectively collectively collectively alongside collectively collectively collectively collectively alongside collectively collectively alongside alongside collectively collectively alongside alongside collectively collectively alongside collectively collectively alongside collectively alongside collectively alongside alongside alongside alongside collectively alongside alongside along with her ache, along with, “I perceive your indignation.”

Liz Alderman reported from Paris, and Elian Peltier from London.



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