The Rosemary's Baby director slept with Samantha Geimer at Jack Nicholson's house in the late 1970s and later pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
He fled to Europe in 1977 before he was sentenced by a judge, and was re-arrested in Zurich, Switzerland in September last year (09) after flying in to the country for a film festival.
After months of legal wrangling, Swiss officials refused to extradite Polanski and set him free in July (10) - and Geimer has now spoken out to insist she is happy with the outcome.
She tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "(When he was re-arrested) I was surprised. I was shocked. I was just terrified. I knew something bad was going to happen. I just didn't know what it was going to be, but I knew it could only be bad for me."
Asked by King if she is happy Polanski was not sent back to the U.S. to be sentenced, Geimer replied, "Yes. Very relieved... If just the arrest brought such a (media) ruckus into my life... I'm sure his coming back would just be a thousand times worse.
"So I'm very happy that, you know, I think they did the right thing. I'm happy they didn't extradite him. I don't want to see him go to trial. And I just certainly don't want to show up and be part of that if it happens...
"(The decision) doesn't bother me at all. I hope he continues to be successful. I hope he - you know, (I) wish nothing but the best for him and his family. We've all been through a lot. I'd like to see him just be sentenced to time served, and that we could both stop being used to continue this matter."
The moviemaker is in jail in Switzerland fighting extradition to America, where prosecutors in Los Angeles hope to complete sentencing for the crimes he fled from in 1978.
Polanski was detained by Swiss police last month (Sep09), while he was in Zurich attending a film festival.
But Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when the filmmaker assaulted her at a party, wants the matter dropped because the fuss surrounding Polanski’s arrest has disrupted her job and her health.
She claims that she and her attorney have received close to 500 phone calls from international media since the director was detained.
In a statement, her lawyer Lawrence Silver writes, "Leave her alone."
He claims Larry King and Oprah Winfrey's representatives have tried to get his client on their shows and photographers camped outside her home in Hawaii have been offering gifts to her children in exchange for information.