Another Woman Alleges Roman Polanski Raped Her As a Teenager

Renate Langer, a former German actress, has accused director
Roman Polanski of raping her at a house in Gstaad when she was
15, the New York Times reports, making her the
fourth woman to accuse Polanski of sexual assault.

According to the Times, police in Switzerland met with
Langer on September 26; there is no statute of limitations on
child sex abuse cases in Switzerland, but prosecution in those
cases depends on the amount of time that’s passed. Langer kept
her silence about her interaction with Polanski for years,
keeping it from friends, family and the authorities, because
she was worried about what the news would do to her parents. As
her parents have both died, Langer is now comfortable speaking
out.

She was met Polanski through her work at a modeling agency in
Munich when she was in high school and visited him in Gstaad,
with her parents’ permission. Polanski said he wanted to cast
her in a film; according to Langer, he raped her and she was
“unable to defend herself against him despite trying.” Some
time after the alleged incident, Polanski offered her a role in
Che?. Langer accepted the role, but only after he made
it clear that he would “treat her professionally.” She then
flew to Rome to film the movie and her interactions on set with
Polanski were professional. When Langer found herself alone in
a house with Polanski, she alleged that he raped her again,
undeterred by the bottle of wine and bottle of perfume she
threw at him in self-defense.

Polanski, who has been wanted by US police since 1977, is
currently splitting his time between France and Poland, after
avoiding extradition to the United States.
He fled the country in 1978 on the night before he was to be
sentenced for raping Samantha Geimer in 1977 and has remained
in exile ever since. At the Zurich Film Festival this week,
Polanski said of the rape, “As far as what I did,
it’s over.”

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