Roman Polanski's Rape Survivor Samantha Geimer Appears at Public Hearing for First Time

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Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski looks on as he attends a news conference in Krakow, Poland, in 2015 where a court rejected a U.S. request to extradite him over the 1977 child sex conviction. Mateusz Skwarczek/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters

The woman whom fugitive movie director Roman Polanski admitted he raped 40 years ago will attend a court hearing in Los Angeles on Friday where she hopes to plead for an end to the case, Polanski's attorney said.

Samantha Geimer was 13 years old when Polanski assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977. In recent years, she has said repeatedly that she has forgiven Polanski, now 83, but Friday's appearance would make the first time Geimer has appeared publicly at a court hearing in the case.

"Samantha Geimer is tired of this. She has been asking the court to terminate this case for years. She wants to get it over with," the director's attorney, Harland Braun, told Reuters on Thursday.

He said Geimer would help make the case that Polanski had served his time and should not be punished further.

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Debra Tate, the sister of Polanski's murdered actress wife Sharon Tate, will also attend Friday'scourt hearing, Braun said.

Polanski's case has been a cause celebre for 40 years. Following a 1977 guilty plea to rape and spending 42 days in jail, he fled the United States, fearing a plea bargain with prosecutors would be overruled and that he would get a lengthy prison term.

Polanski, whose films include "Rosemary's Baby," and "Chinatown," was arrested on U.S. warrants in both Poland and Switzerland during the past decade, but both countries ultimately declined to extradite him.

It was not clear whether Geimer or Tate would be permitted to address Friday's court hearing. If they are not, they will make their case to media outside, Braun said.

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