Samantha Geimer, the woman at the centre of the Roman Polanski sex scandal, is planning to publish her memoirs, revealing her side of the story. Reuters reports that Geimer, 47, will be publishing THE GIRL: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski in 2013, via Atria Books – an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In 1977, Roman Polanski – the director of movies such as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown was arrested in Los Angeles and indicted for six counts, including Geimer’s rape. She was 13 at the time that the incident is alleged to have happened.
At the time, Polanski accepted a plea bargain of guilty. However, when he suspected that the judge was going to serve him with a sentence longer than the time he had already served, he fled the USA. Years later, Geimer sued Polanski for sexual assault and emotional distress; they eventually settled that lawsuit. Geimer hopes that in writing and publishing her account of what happened, she can reclaim some of her sense of self. “I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose - to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity," Geimer said a statement to the press. "I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ she added. Lawrence Silver, Samantha Geimer’s attorney, will also contribute to the book.
Roman Polanski has continued to direct movies. Now aged 79, he recently directed Carnage and The Ghost Writer. In a documentary made last year, he apologized to Samantha, saying that she was both a victim of his and of the press.