In line with The New York Instances, a 61-year-old German actress named Renate Langer has accused director Roman Polanski of raping her when she was a youngster in 1972. Langer has reported what occurred to the police in Switzerland, however at this level it’s unclear in the event that they’ll have the ability to pursue this as a legal criticism. Switzerland has eradicated the statute of limitations on baby sexual abuse instances like this, nevertheless it nonetheless bars “instances that occurred a few years in the past.” The vagueness of that time appears to be the sticking level, because the Swiss police have now despatched the case to a public prosecutor who will decide if the cops can pursue it.
Langer says she met Polanski when she was working for a modeling company in Munich in highschool. He mentioned that he was all in favour of casting her in a film, so she visited him at residence with the permission of her mother and father. He allegedly raped her there, although Langer says she tried to defend herself, and she or he left the subsequent morning “stuffed with disgrace and confusion.” He later did provide her a task in his film Che? (or What?), and after he apologized for what occurred and promised to “deal with her professionally,” she accepted it. Throughout filming, she says he didn’t make any sexual advances, however one evening he visited he home she had been sharing with others and raped her once more regardless of being hit with a wine bottle.
As for why Langer didn’t come ahead till now, she says she felt “ashamed and embarrassed” by what occurred. She additionally by no means informed her mother and father, believing her mom “would have had a coronary heart assault,” and she or he solely ever informed a boyfriend a few years after the rape. The New York Instances story says her father died this previous summer season, and her mom died a few years in the past. Together with her mother and father gone, she felt extra comfy telling individuals about what had occurred.
No matter occurs, Langer is the fourth girl to accuse Polanski of raping her when she was a youngster, with a girl in Los Angeles coming ahead earlier this yr and a British actress making accusations of her personal in 2010. Then, after all, there was the 1977 rape of Samantha Geimer, who was 13 on the time. Polanski entered a responsible plea in that case, believing that he had labored out some sort of cope with the decide in order that he may get a lenient sentence. When he found that no such deal was in place, he fled the USA and has been on the run ever since.
This new allegation comes shortly after Polanski informed The Hollywood Reporter that his authentic rape case is “over,” disingenuously claiming that he “went to jail” and “did about 4 or 5 instances extra” than what he was “promised.” Contemplating that he believes he was promised nearly nothing, although, that doesn’t actually imply a lot. Polanski additionally mentioned that it’s “unlucky” that each one of his films are coloured by these numerous rape accusations (and one rape conviction), which principally implies that he thinks it will be preferable if he didn’t should face any repercussions in any respect for raping a youngster in 1977.