Roman Polanski has been accused of sexual assault by a third woman who came forward on Tuesday. The woman claims that Polanski assaulted her when she was a minor, four decades after he went on the run for another rape incident.
In a statement that she made to a news conference in Los Angeles, the woman, who was identified as Robin, claimed that she was sexually victimized at the age of 16-years by the legendary French-Polish film director.
She claims that after the incident, she told one of her friends about what Mr. Polanski had done to her. She also revealed that the "The reason, with this exception, that I kept it to myself is that I didn't want my father to do something that might cause him to go to prison for the rest of his life."
Robin said that she was impelled to appear before the victim while the rape case against Polanski was ongoing. The latest alleged victim is being represented by Lawyer Gloria Allred, who said that the incident happened in southern California but added that her client would not be going into any further detail.
The lawyer also revealed that Robin could be called to testify in future trial despite the expiry of the statute of limitations.
Polanski, who turns 84 on Friday, was accused of drugging Samantha Geimer when she was 13 before raping her at Jack Nicholson's house in Los Angeles in 1977 while the film star was away.
The director admitted statutory rape after a number of more serious charges were dropped, and spent 48 days in custody to undergo psychiatric evaluation before being released.
Court documents that were filed by Polanski’s lawyer revealed that he was promised by the judge overseeing the case that the seven weeks he spent in custody would be the only time he would serve.
However, in 1978, he left for France since he was convinced that the judge was going to scrap his plea deal and send him to prison – possibly for decades.
Polanski is married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner. The two have had two children. Robin said she was infuriated when Geimer appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court in June to buttress the filmmaker's case that he had served his time and that the matter should be settled.
Polanski will be free to withdraw his guilty plea in the Geimer case as revealed by Allred, who said that he can seek a new trial for the charges on which he was originally indicted.
The director will not be filing a civil complaint but is willing to testify under oath if there were ever a criminal trial.