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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Roman Polanski's rape victim, Samantha Geimer, who identified herself long ago, is asking that the Oscar-winning director's case be dismissed. 

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If Polanski is brought to an American court, Geimer, who is now an adult and living with her husband in Hawaii, cannot be forced to testify against him. What she really wants, she says, is for the case to be over. Geimer has already sued him and reached an undisclosed settlement. She filed court papers earlier this year asking the charges against Polanski be dismissed, according to CNN. 

But clearly American authorities have different ideas. 

Polanski, 76, director of "Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby" and the Oscar-winning "The Pianist" was arrested Saturday as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. 

Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a convicted felon and fugitive, and a Swiss justice official said there has been an international arrest warrant out on him since 2005. 

Back in 1977, the director had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a then 13-year-old Geimer, who said Polanski performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her after giving her champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away. 

Polanski has called the girl a sophisticated teen who willingly had sex with him. The court didn't see it that way. 

He was sent to prison for 42 days, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. On the day of his sentencing in 1978, aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time, Polanski fled to France. 

He is currently in a Swiss prison, awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to the United States. Swiss officials have said he will likely not be released until a court has ruled - a process that could take weeks. 

Dec 3rd, 2008 | Samantha Gailey survey

Samantha Gailey says: leave Polanski alone

3 year old model, Samantha Gailey, had sex with Roman Polanski, who was at the time one of the rising stars in Hollywood. The affair was discovered, Polanski was tried, and fled out of the states to avoid being punished. Gailey is now well in her 40s and publically claims Polanski needs to be left alone:

Here's what she writes:

"Here's the way I feel about it: I don't really have any hard feelings toward him, or any sympathy, either. He is a stranger to me.

But I believe that Mr. Polanski and his film should be honored according to the quality of the work. What he does for a living and how good he is at it have nothing to do with me or what he did to me. I don't think it would be fair to take past events into consideration. I think that the academy members should vote for the movies they feel deserve it. Not for people they feel are popular." (source)

Samantha Gailey says: leave Polanski alone

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