Samantha Geimer, the woman at the center of the sex-crime case that led to director Roman Polanski's exile from the US, appeared before a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court today and asked him to end the case against Polanski, ABC News reports.
"I would implore you to do this for me, out of mercy for myself", Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time of the assault in 1977, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon.
The judge said he would issue a written ruling on her request to dismiss the case, but it was unclear when it would be released.
"When this happened, my mother and I were [treated] as lying gold-diggers who were attacking poor unfortunate Roman".
He has consistently ruled against Polanski's multiple requests for similar outcomes and has said the 83-year-old must appear in court to resolve the case.
Since the beginning, Geimer has said she did not want Polanski to serve time, but simply admit his wrongdoing.
Following a 1977 guilty plea to rape and after spending 42 days in jail, he fled the United States, fearing that a plea bargain with prosecutors would be overruled and that he would get a lengthy prison term.
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"It was a commitment by the judge in the presence of the district attorney, the defense lawyer and the victim's lawyer", Braun told reporters after today's hearing.
She also suggested that Polanski could be sentenced without having to return to court - a suggestion that had already been rejected by the judge earlier this year.
"A 40-year sentence has been imposed on the victim of the crime as well as the perpetrator".
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A lawyer for Polanski says his sex crime victim, Samantha Geimer, will appeal to a Los Angeles judge on Friday, June 9, 2017, to help make the case that Polanski has served his time for the 40-year-old crime. "She wants to get it over with", the director's attorney, Mr Harland Braun, said on Thursday.
Friday will be the first time she's appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on his behalf, Braun said according to NBC News.
It just wasn't as traumatic for me as everyone would like to believe it was.
"Justice is not only about punishment, it's about equity and consideration", Geimer said in the statement.
He was charged with a number of felonies, including rape and sodomy, but prosecutors dropped most of the charges in a deal that saw Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
Braun said a court hearing in Los Angeles is set to get access to plea deal testimony from the 70s.
"I just wasn't as traumatized as everybody thinks I should have been".
The warrant prevented Polanski from collecting his Academy Award for best director for his 2002 film "The Pianist". First, Samantha suggested sentencing Polanski in absentia, giving him a sentence of time served.
It was unclear whether Ms Geimer or Ms Tate would be permitted to address the court at the hearing.
Geimer told CNN in 2003 that Polanski was taking pictures of her at Nicholson's house in 1977 when he raped her.