A French woman in the early 60's claims to have been raped 18 years by Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski. In a Friday story published in the French newspaper Le Parisien, the woman claims that Polanski raped her in 1975 at his ski lodge in Gstadt, Switzerland.
Polanski's lawyer, Herve Teme, told the 86-year-old Polanski of Le Parisien "strongly disputed" the allegation. Time could not be reached immediately by Associated Press. Polanski's prosecutor, Valentin Monier, told the French newspaper that the release of Polanski's latest movie "J & # 39; accuse" ("Officer and Spy") prompted her to speak.
AP does not usually disclose the identity of the alleged victims of rape, but Monius agreed to be identified by Le Parisien after she contacted a newspaper in the middle The newspaper said that she had previously written letters to Los Angeles police, French first lady Brigitte Macron and others, one of the few to respond was Marlène Schiappa, France's junior minister for gender equality, who noted that the case was too old for legal action.
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"Rape is a time bomb," Monier, an actress and former model, told Le Parisien. "Memory does not fade. It becomes a ghost and they follow and change you treacherously."
"I condemn this crime, knowing that there can be no punishment in an attempt to put an end to exceptions, impunity. Public figures are seen as models. By idolizing the guilty, we prevent people from realizing the serious consequences of their acts, "she continued, according to a translation from Variety.
Monnier, now 62, told the newspaper that an alleged episode occurred when a friend invited her to ski and stay at Polanski's chalet.
"I had no connection with him," Monnie said, according to The Guardian. "Neither personal nor professional, and I hardly knew him."
According to Monnie, after a night on the slopes, she and Polanski returned to the hut. She said he invited her to his room after dinner and that when she arrived he was naked. She said he hit her, broke her, tried to get her to swallow a pill and raped her.
Monier said he fears for his life because "he cannot take the risk of this becoming known." But he also apologized immediately afterwards and wept, Le Parisien quotes.
Monier said she "found refuge" with an acquaintance in Polanski – and first contacted him a month ago, Le Parisien reports. The newspaper met the man who asked to remain anonymous in his lawyer's office.
"I asked Valentine if she wanted to go to the police … In shock, she did not know what to do," the newspaper quoted the man. He said he believed her story.
Another man related to Monnier and Le Parisien, a former film producer for John Bentley, said he remembers her well, according to the newspaper. But he also said he did not remember saying that she had been raped, "or I would have done something."
Monier said that the publicity surrounding the film revives the "traumatic memory" of her meeting with Polanski. In particular, she stopped at Polanski, comparing herself to an interview with Alfred Dreyfus – the historic subject of an officer and a spy who was falsely accused of spying – with what he was subjected to in American affairs.
"Is that subject to a movie, the cover of history to hear 'blame' on the man who labeled you iron, when it was forbidden for you, the victim, to blame him?"
"Officer and spy "premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August and is slated to release in France next week.
Monie is the fourth woman to accuse Polanski of sexual assault after an initial lawful rape claim. In 2017