A spokeswoman for French publishers Michel Lafon told AFP the book was “not really an attack on Polanski,” but added that the French version would be titled “Moi, Samantha, 13 ans, violee par Roman Polanski.” (Me, Samantha, 13-years-old, raped by Roman Polanski).
The book’s cover will use a colour photograph of Geimer taken by Polanski three weeks before the sexual assault, according to the publisher.
Polanski was initially charged with six felony counts, including rape and sodomy, but the charges were later reduced under a plea deal made in part to spare Geimer the ordeal of a trial. He pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with the teenager.
Polanski, who had had a string of hit films including “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown,” served 42 days at a secure unit but fled the United States on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 amid fears the trial judge planned to go back on a previously agreed plea deal.
In 2009, he was arrested on an international warrant at Zurich airport over the decades-old child sex case as he was headed to the city’s film festival.
Polanski spent 10 months in Swiss custody before convincing the authorities in Bern not to honour a US extradition request, and instead to release him.
The Franco-Polish director in 2011 told a television interviewer: “I have regretted it for 33 years.”
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