Judge shuts down Roman Polanksi's ongoing efforts to get rape case dismissed

Gloria Allred and Roman Polanski Getty Images

Gloria Allred and Roman Polanski Getty Images

In a 10-page document issued on Friday, a Los Angeles judge ruled that the sexual abuse case against Polanski could not be dismissed simply "because it would be in the victim's best interest".

Judge Gordon said it is established the case can not be rejected "merely because it would be in the victim's best interest" and added that her testimony was "dramatic evidence" of the persisting damaged Polanski caused.

The director spent 42 days in pre-trial custody but then fled to France after being tipped off that a judge was likely to overrule a plea bargain agreed with prosecutors, which would have led to a hefty jail sentence.

The woman, named only as Robin, cannot sue Polanski because of the statute of limitation, but said she could testify against him in the case involving Ms Geimer.

Geimer has long supported Polanski's efforts but made her plea in court for the first time in June.

The French-Polish director's lawyer said his client was disappointed by the ruling, but would not be returning to the US. She has argued that both the perpetrator and victim have received a "40-year sentence" and that she wanted an end to the case so she can get on with her life.

He said instead that it was Polanski himself who was continuing to victimise Geimer by allowing the case to continue to drag on.

But Gordon rejected that suggestion in April, stating that the defendant's fugitive status disqualifies him from seeking relief in the court. "The only thing that has changed in the posture of this case is that the defendant, through counsel, continues to extend his ad hominem attacks to each judicial officer assigned to the matter and those attacks by counsel become more inappropriate with each subsequent pleading filed by the Defendant", he asserts.

Braun, in a Friday filing, suggested two potential paths toward resolution. "It appears that a resolution of this case should be simple", he said. While living in the United States, he was married to the actress Sharon Tate, who was murdered in 1969 by members of the Charles Manson family when she was eight months pregnant.

Do you think the U.S. justice system should give up pursuing this case? A warrant for his arrest remains outstanding. "For those who are infuriated by my desire to see this matter finally put to rest, misconduct revealed or not, I can only say your callous disregard shows who you are".

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