LA judge rejects bid by Polanski's rape victim to have case dismissed

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 18, 2017 6:37 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.

Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon said in a ruling that Polanski remained a fugitive from justice and that the court could not dismiss a case "merely because it would be in the victim's best interest."

The ruling follows the first appearance in June in the case by Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977. The director fled the United States after spending 42 days in pre-trial custody and has never returned.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by James Dalgleish)