The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski

By Samantha Geimer

During this memoir that “might be crucial and invaluable e-book of the century thus far” (The Guardian), Samantha Geimer unearths for the 1st time her aspect of 1 of the main infamous and intricate felony instances in American history.

March 1977, Southern California. Roman Polanski drives a rented Mercedes alongside Mulholland force to Jack Nicholson’s residence. Sitting subsequent to him is an aspiring version named Samantha Geimer. She is 13 years old.

The undisputed proof of what occurred within the hours that look within the court docket list: Roman and Samantha spent hours taking pictures—on a kitchen counter, topless in a Jacuzzi. Wine and Quaaludes have been fed on, stability and innocence have been misplaced, and a tender girl’s lifestyles used to be altered forever—eternally solid as a history participant in her personal story.

For months on finish, the Polanski case ruled the media either within the usa and out of the country. yet in spite of the vast insurance, there's a lot approximately that day—and the lady on the middle of it all—that has remained a secret. The few occasions Samantha Geimer has spoken publically, it's been principally in response to Polanski—his newest movie, his arrests, his releases. almost the full narrative of Samantha’s existence, or even the main points of the rape itself, have all been left untold.

Taking us a ways past the identified headlines, this is often the tale of a woman who used to be concurrently clever past her years and but extraordinarily susceptible or even naive. Says manhattan instances bestselling writer Sheila Weller, “Witty, snarky—but additionally certain and thoughtfully observant…Samantha Geimer is a reflective consultant as she humanely tells of a fancy violation that damage yet didn’t defeat her.”

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Good, if Polanski supporters concept i used to be a slut, Polanski detractors idea i used to be pitiable. As a make-up artist stated to me ahead of I seemed on ABC’s solid Morning the USA to give an explanation for why i assumed Polanski shouldn’t be extradited, “Oh, you bad, negative factor. ” i do know she was once basically attempting to be sort, yet used to be I a “poor, bad factor” simply because I’d been raped as a toddler? used to be I nonetheless and endlessly to be a “poor thing”? I informed her i used to be ok, particularly. yet i may think her pity and didn’t love it. the following too Nancy Grace was once quite memorable. The blond vampire who eats distress for breakfast used to be certainly gleeful on the time of Polanski’s arrest. Polanski, she acknowledged, may “never see the sunshine of day” back as soon as he used to be extradited and despatched away without end. Grace vilified his supporters and scoffed on the idea that there has been any judicial misconduct in 1977, while she cross-examined Carmen St. George, a safeguard lawyer, on her express in September 2009. GRACE: there has been not anything confirmed approximately an irregularity. In fact . . . the single factor that we all know evidently, is that Roman Polanski, a recognized Hollywood director, admitted less than oath he raped a 13-year-old. we all know that a lot. . . . So you`re asserting as the case is outdated, simply because he`s been residing it up in a mansion in Europe, that we should always simply ignore it, that that’s an issue, that girl Justice may still simply pack her bag and cross domestic? That’s now not what St. George was once announcing, yet that didn’t topic to Grace. Later within the convey she spoke with Dr. Evelyn Minaya, a women’s health and wellbeing specialist. GRACE: younger women and girls via all issues of their lifestyles which have been raped as little ones. it is a baby, a thirteen-year-old lady. It impacts them without end. MINAYA: without end. and never simply that, the actual features of it additionally. bear in mind, she had anal sodomy. are you aware that that places her at an elevated threat for anal melanoma in her destiny, not to mention the entire different mental ramifications that there are with that, you could simply think. The exhibit is going on during this vein. i used to be used to having my personality maligned due to the rape. yet now i used to be being advised that as a result rape i used to be prone to get melanoma. nice. What’s subsequent? i needed to scream on the tv, i'm status the following, i will be able to listen you! On one other convey, Grace talked about me as a “weak sufferer” who couldn’t get up for myself. She known as herself a “victim’s recommend. ” In different phrases, she wishes a offer of sufferers to suggest for. No sufferers, no sufferers advocacy company. I can’t assist you right here, Nancy Grace. i used to be the sufferer of a crime—I am, and consistently should be, a rape sufferer. yet I’m no longer a sufferer as someone. I’m a robust lady who chooses to spot herself via her strengths, her pursuits, her family members, and her loathing of gadflies who are looking to applicable her existence for his or her personal reasons. I’m now not to be had to you, Nancy Grace; move victimize another person. after which there has been that different drama vulture, Dr. Phil McGraw. I learn that he stated I had a vintage case of victim’s guilt, and he’d prefer to support me. It’s that sort of patronizing angle that perpetuates rape sufferers considering they need to have anything to believe in charge approximately.

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