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Roman Polanski's rape victim writes a tell-all book

On March 11, 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles for the sexual assault of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photo shoot for French Vogue magazine. Polanski pled guilty to the charge of "Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor." His sentencing was scheduled for February 1, 1978. On the day of his sentencing, Polanski fled to France where he has been protected from extradition for the last 35 years.

Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, is preparing to tell her story in an upcoming book "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski" which will be released in September 2013. In 2003, Geimer wrote an article for the Los Angeles Times entitled, "Judge the Movie, Not the Man," in which she said that Polanski shouldn't be barred from receiving a Best Director Oscar for the movie "The Pianist." In the article she said, "I don't really have any hard feelings toward him, or any sympathy, either. He is a stranger to me."

The word "really" is a word that indicates untruthfulness. People will use this word to bolster their statement but it usually weakens the statement. Remember, the shortest sentence is the best sentence; "I don't really have any hard feelings toward him." Adding the word "really" indicates Geimer does have some hard feelings towards Polanski.

In January 2009, Geimer filed a formal request that Los Angeles prosecutor drop the charges against Polanski. "I have survived, indeed prevailed, against whatever harm Mr. Polanski may have caused me as a child," she said at the time.

The word "child" is a unique word. Most people will not refer to themselves as a "child." Instead they might say, "When I was a kid" or "When I was a little boy." When people refer to themselves as a "child" it is an indication they were sexually molested prior to their eighteenth birthday. We see it holds true in this case as Geimer refers to herself as a "child."

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