May 14th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Lawyer: New alleged Polanksi sex victim to talk

Roman PolanskiA woman who claims to be a "victim of Roman Polanski's sexually predatory conduct" will appear before reporters in Los Angeles on Friday, attorney Gloria Allred said.

Allred said she would explain later in the day why her client waited several decades to come forward. She did not say whether the woman was underage at the time of alleged offense.

Polanski's defense lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Oscar-winning director pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 but fled to Europe before he was sentenced.

He left the country after learning that the judge might not go along with the short jail term he expected to get in exchange for his guilty plea.

He has been the subject of an international extradition battle since he was arrested in Switzerland in September on a U.S. fugitive warrant.

"I do believe that what she has to share with law enforcement is relevant to the ongoing investigation and to the sentencing and criminal proceedings that are in progress," Allred said Friday.

Swiss authorities released the director from jail on $4.5 million bail in early December, "pending extradition" to the United States.

Polanski, director of "The Pianist" and "Rosemary's Baby," has argued that the extradition request was politically motivated by a Los Angeles prosecutor who is seeking publicity and that it was unfair because he had already served his sentence.

He spent 45 days confined at California's Chino prison in 1977, but prosecutors argue that was only for him to be evaluated by psychologists before sentencing.

The recent documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" portrayed backroom deals in 1977 between prosecutors and a media-obsessed judge who was worried that his public image would suffer if he didn't send Polanski to prison.

A Los Angeles judge ruled in January that Polanski must return to the United States before the court can consider his legal arguments against his returning to prison.

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  1. debra

    Wow look at all the wanna be pedephiles and rapists! I thought only low life losers like those in Hollyweird are supporting them....I am fervently hoping that someone will find him castrate him and dump him in an alley somewhere like he deserves....

    May 17, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brook

    Let's give some of our hard working Special Forces troops a quick vacation to Switzerland and have them extract him and bring him back. I have some in mind if these D.A's need some help!

    May 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. krista

    This man is a loser ,period! He is a waste of space. Polanski should just hide out somewhere because he is hated for what he did. Even though the crime is very dated ,he needs to pay for it somehow.

    May 15, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. darlene d

    If it were anyone else, they would have been convicted right away and sent to prison....probably for life! Because of who he is and the money he has allows him to get away with it. I think they need to put his behind in prison and throw away the key!!

    Regarding Gloria Allred, she is worse than all the mistresses she represents. She wants to keep her name in the news just as much and will do anything to make that mighty dollar!!

    May 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. let's be real

    Who's POLANKSI? I do know a POLANSKI, though.

    May 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. melvin polatnick

    A rich man has to know more than how to make a buck, he must guard against those who set him up for blackmail or extortion. Polanski`s Invitations to his love nest were reckless and insane.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Enuff already

    Polanski served the time that prosecutors and the judge agreed to, it was only after the judge realized this was going to be bad press for him that he reneged on the deal and Polanski ran. Its sad that someone like Allred has become the champion of 'females who may/maynot have a case,but want to get paid regardless'. makes any case she takes more about $$$ than actual justice.

    May 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bigbill427

    Hey Polanski, They are a lot of people waiting for you at Pelican Bay..

    May 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike Sacramento

    People on this thread do not know the difference between a child, someone under 12, a young adult, between 12 and 18, and an adult, 18 plus. The result is nonsense statements of pedophilia, that applies to under 12 year olds. California allows a 12 year old to get married. Stick that in your pervert brains. The law will never pander to the perverted notions of men hating feminazis.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Michael

    Really...did you think this was the only time ? this guy made a habit of young girls and got away with it. 13 y/o and he introduces her to sodomy .. why do these guys think they can get away with this...? And he runs from a month or two of jail...he had already gotten away from years behind bars...

    May 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank R. Searcy

    "Can we just let this go?" No, absolutely NOT!!! Regardless of what Allred's motive is and that "the 13year victim at the time has even testified for Polanski," it is still NO!!! Polanski has made a Mockery of the court. No, Polanski is not a Nice man. Get him into the Reception Center at CIM and then San Quentin or old Folsom. Cannot feel sorry for him after what he did to the 13 year victim and now, possibly a new victim? Maybe the Yard at San Quentin or old Folsom will help him do his time or he will Lock Up!!!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Curious

    How does Gloria Allred do it? Is there some kind of a "there's a story in there somewhere that could be worth some money" detector that she keeps on her dashboard?

    May 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GayleKIng

    I don't believe this. I think she was paid to come forward and this is just another tactic to force Polanksi to return to the US.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. weblee

    1 – Polanski broke a deal and ran
    2 – if it were my daughter it would matter if it was 1000 years ago
    3 – Polanski missed his opportunity back then...we know these guys have a permanent obsession for this criminal behavior now.
    4 – Its BIGGER than the victim – he needs to do time!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pedobear

    Pedobear Approved!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    Bigfrog....you are dead wrong......and almost definitely not a parent. If you are, how would you feel if some middle aged pervert got your 13 year old drunk and high on ludes before sodomizing her? Would you be OK with him leaving the country for a few decades to avoid the punishment the system placed on hi? The victim does not forgive him...she just wants it to go away. The system has failed her for over 30 years and helped this pervert ruin her life. By your logic, should we forgive a murderer who skips bail for 30 years to avoid punishment? He never paid his debt and needs to. What is he going to get.....a year maybe? Man up, do your time Roman! Oh, that's right, you are definitely less than man!

    May 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  17. b

    bigfrob – so it was just a case of a grown man molesting a 13 year old girl, no big deal? As long as the crime is old it's like it didn't even happen. I didn't know justice had a time limit.

    May 14, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Don

    Sentence him to 3 months of solitary confinement with Allred. This is fitting justice for both!

    May 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Realistic

    Bigfrog, you are wrong...the original victim has not testified FOR Polanski, she has said that she does not want that case pursued further, because she wants the case resolved so she can get on with her life without any more publicity. That is a FAR cry from testifying on his behalf or for Polanski. What Polanski did to that 13 year old girl is appalling and criminal, and he skipped town to avoid justice.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ReginaM

    I don't understand the people who say that he should be let go because this all happened so long ago. Would it have been ok if it had been your child? He's a pedophile and he deserves punishment.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  21. waitasec

    I'd wager she's lying. But that won't stop her book from selling...

    May 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Stu

    I'll tell you what. The attorneys had a plea deal and if Polanski were promised only that jail time he might come back and serve it. The judge messed up here.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ReginaM

    Not surprised that there is another victim. And probably many more since a leopard doesn't change it's spots. Also not surprised that Gloria Allred ( as in always ready), is championing the victim.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. bigfrog

    Can we just let this go? I mean the woman who was the 13year victim at the time has even testified for Polanski!! No one cares about this case except some prosecutor in CA who wants to get his face in the news... *sigh*

    May 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Harold

    Whatever the woman's story, the fact that she hired Allred - whose main job these days seems to be to represent mistresses for payouts - puts a shadow on whatever she has to say.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. realism

    polanski should be punished. hey, i commented first!

    May 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |

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