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Roman Polanski rape victim pleads with judge to close 1977 case

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She said the original judge in the case asked if she was part of a mother-daughter prostitution team and the former district attorney suggested she had been bought and paid for and others said she was a gold digger.

It was the first time Geimer had appeared in court to defend Polanski.

The director fled to France in 1978 before he was due to be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a minor.

Judge Scott Gordon did not immediately issue a ruling.

On Friday, Geimer said she received a letter of apology from the 83-year-old Polanski, who had also agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit in 1993.

Geimer said this was the first time she has been allowed to address the court in the long history of the case.

Polanski's lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an worldwide 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.

His lawyers have been fighting for years to end the case and lift an global arrest warrant that confined him to his native France, Switzerland and Poland, where he fled the Holocaust.

In prior interviews with the Daily News, Geimer said she believed Polanski regretted his actions, so she had "no hard feelings".

The warrant prevented Polanski from collecting his Oscar for Best Director for his 2002 film The Pianist.

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Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, like previous judges in the case, had already ruled against sentencing Polanski until he turns himself in on US soil, and he gave no sign that the legal odyssey was coming to an end.

The director Roma Polanski admitted statutory rape and served 42 days in prison, but later fled the US. Geimer, director Roman Polanski's sexual assault victim, asked a judge Friday to end the 40-year-old case against the fugitive director.

The defense lawyer has maintained that Polanski has already served more than enough time, including time he spent at a state prison in Chino in the late 1970s for a pre-sentencing diagnostic examination and also in jail and under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009 as Swiss authorities considered an extradition request.

For decades, he has been engaged in a cat and mouse game with U.S. authorities as they unsuccessfully sought to have him extradited from various countries.

"A 40-year sentence has been imposed on the victim of the crime as well as the perpetrator".

The most recent attempt to resolve the case ended in April when a Los Angeles judge ruled that the French-Polish director could not cut a deal from overseas to return to the United States without serving more jail time.

Nicholson was not at home at the time of the offence and prosecutors dropped charges of rape and sodomy against Polanski.

Following the hearing, Geimer told reporters that she empathized with Polanski who was now facing the same type of abuse that she endured after the assault in 1977.

She wrote a memoir titled "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" four years ago.

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