Living in the Shadow of Roman Polanski

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Samantha Geimer reflects on her experience at the center of the infamous Roman Polanski sexual assault case. In The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski, she breaks her 35-year silence to tell her story and reflect on the lifelong repercussions.


Samantha Geimer

Comments [7]

No one else taken aback at how sympathetic Ms. Geimer is to Polanski, the man who drugged and raped her, describing /him/ as a "victim"?

Stockholm Syndrome is what comes to mind.

Sep. 18 2013 08:38 AM

This woman sounds so _genuine_, so honest. It's really quite remarkable.

Sep. 18 2013 12:55 AM
Gary from Port Washington, NY

Leonard again demonstrated why he is the best interviewer on the radio in the manner he discreetly handled the difficult discussion with Ms. Geimer. His respectful manner in which he queried the guest about details of the case should be listen to by all interviewers in today's world of anything goes media. He addressed, at the guest comfort level, important details around the case without making the guest uncomfortable and giving the audience enough of the facts that we needed without being exploitive. Thank you Leonard, (referencing Friday's show on Yiddish), YOU ARE A MENSCH.

Sep. 17 2013 01:01 PM
john from office

a child of 13 having sex with a 17 year old boyfriend is also a crime. The parents sound like real hollywood types.

Sep. 17 2013 12:54 PM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

I want to clarify that I'm talking about news reports from last year - I can't remember why he was in the news - not from the time when it happened.

Sep. 17 2013 12:52 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Whatever the circumstances, she was THIRTEEN and incapable of consenting.

Wow, he then took her home and mingled with her parents like it was nothing.

Sep. 17 2013 12:47 PM
Kate from Hamilton Heights

Thank you for sharing your story. I have always been outraged when news reports about Polanski never ever refer to him as a rapist or to the event involving you as rape. It is always described as "having sex with a 13-year old" or at most "sexual indiscretion," and rarely even "sexual assault."

Sep. 17 2013 12:46 PM

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