Roman Polanski Under Investigation For A 40-Year-Old Rape Accusation
Police in Switzerland are investigating what appear as new rape allegations in a case that’s over 40 years old, according to The Guardian. The famous film-maker Roman Polanski allegedly assaulted Renate Langer in the town of Gstaad in 1972. St Gallen’s police announced the details of the case.
Communications chief, Krusi Hanspeter, confirmed the details of the allegations. Langer is now 61, she’s a former actress who was born in Munich, and apparently the fourth woman to publicly accuse Polanski of sexual assault.
Hanspeter revealed that police interviewed Renate Langer around ten days ago and that she claims Polanski had raped her in Gstaad in 1972 when she was just 15 years old.
Back in 1977, Polanski gave way to another accusation when he pleaded guilty in a US court case to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer – aged 13 at the time. The award-winning film maker then fled the country before a sentence could be set forth. While still officially a fugitive from the US justice system, he never received nearly as much attention from the US authorities and mass media as, for example Julian Assange had in the previous 2-3 years.
Another woman identified only as Robin revealed in a Los Angeles news conference she was “sexually victimized” by the French-Polish film director when she was 16, in 1973.
Robin said she was prompted to come forward out of anger after Geimer urged authorities to finally put her famous case to rest. Robin told reporters she wanted people to know that Polanski, now 84, had done horrible things to others as well.
Langer finally decided to approach police in part because of Robin’s example and because her parents are no longer alive. She told the paper she met Polanski while working as a model in Munich and travelled with him to a house in Gstaad, where she said he raped her.
Swiss prosecutors can still move forward with the case, although the elapsed time makes it less likely.
Polanski’s career has flourished despite the notoriety of the rape case. In 2003, he won an Oscar for directing the Holocaust film The Pianist but did not travel to the United States to collect it. He also has eight Césars – the French equivalent of an Oscar – under his name and many consider him an icon of film making.