The victim of Roman Polanski‘s 1977 sexual assault case will appeal directly to a judge to end the 40-year-old case against the fugitive director, according to his attorney, Harland Braun .
Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the crime, has long supported Polanski in his efforts to end his fugitive status. Friday will be the first time she’s appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on his behalf, Braun said according to NBC News.
“She’s tired of this case,” said Braun. “The judge is just playing games with him.”
Geimer has said in the past that she forgives Polanski for the assault that happened at Jack Nicholson’s compound during a March 1977 photo shoot in the Hollywood hills.
The Oscar-winning director has been a fugitive since he fled to France in 1978 just prior to his sentencing for the crime of having sex with a minor. Prosecutors dropped charges that he drugged, raped and sodomized the girl, but he still remains wanted for the charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse.
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.
Polanski’s lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an international arrest warrant that has confined the 83-year-old to France, Poland and Switzerland where he fled during the Holocaust prior to arriving in the U.S.
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