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Polanski avoids teen rape investigation as prosecutors back down

09 Novembre 2017

Swiss prosecutors say they won't pursue an investigation into a woman's report that Roman Polanski raped her when she was a teenager 45 years ago. Sputnik looks at the long history of tawdry allegations against the director of Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist.

Renate Langer had previously revealed to the New York Times that Polanski invited her to his chalet in Bern, Switerzland, when she was 15 years old, telling her that he may cast her in a movie.

"Criminal proceedings would be prohibited under statute of limitation rules", it added.

According to grand jury testimony he had oral, vaginal and anal sex with the 13-year-old at the Hollywood home of Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston, neither of whom were there at the time.

In October, Polanski's lawyer admitted Polanski had acknowledged a sexual relationship with Geimer when she was 13, but denied all other allegations against him.

The Daily News does not normally identify victims of alleged sex crimes, but has done so because she has chosen to come forward.

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While there, Langer said that Polanski raped her.

Both Polanski and Geimer have asked a judge to close the case against him over the years, but the judge declined to drop it again in August.

In 2010, he was released from house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland after the authorities decided against extradition to the USA, claiming there were technical faults in the paperwork. In 2009, he was detained by Swiss police when he arrived in Zurich to attend the Zurich Film Festival and to accept a lifetime achievement award.

British actress Charlotte Lewis in 2010 also accused Polanski of assaulting her just after her 16th birthday in 1983.

In August this year, another women told a news conference in Los Angeles she had been "sexually victimized" by Polanski in 1973 and U.S. artist Marianne Barnard accused Polanski of assaulting her in 1975, when she was just 10.

Polanski's film career has continued to flourish since he fled the United States for France, where many consider him an icon.