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Roman Polanski rape victim says he should go free: ‘He didn’t mean to hurt me’

by Ellen Killoran

Samantha Geimer says her rapist should be allowed to return to U.S.

A woman who was drugged and raped by director Roman Polanski when she was 13 is now saying he should go free.

Samantha Geimer, who is now in her 50s, has said for years that she has moved on with her life and that Polanski has been treated unfairly. Now, she has spoken to TMZ in support of Polanski’s attorney’s request to unseal testimony from the 1977 rape case — testimony that his attorney’s claim will prove that a judge did in fact sign off an a plea deal sentenced Polanski to only 48 days in jail.

“I think the only reason they are keeping it sealed is to cover up their own misconduct,” Geimer said in an exclusive video interview with TMZ. “I’m all for the truth getting out.”

Polanski served 42 days in jail, and fled to France in February 1978 after was reportedly warned that the judge was intending to back down from the plea agreements. He has not been in the United States since, and now wants to return, in part so he can visit the gravesite of his late wife Sharon Tate, who was murdered by members of the Manson Family in 1969.

Geimer said that Polanski has apologized, and that she forgives him.

“He didn’t mean to hurt me,” she said, adding “much worse things happen to people.”

Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."