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Roman Polanski's victim releases memoirs with provocative cover photo

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Jul 24, 2013 | 8:02pm EDT

Filmmaker Roman Polanski's teenage sex victim is set to stir up controversy by using a photo the director allegedly took of her to illustrate her upcoming memoirs. Samantha Geimer's The Girl features a cover portrait of the 13 year old taken less than three weeks before her sex encounter with Polanski at a Hollywood party in 1977. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the shot was taken by Polanski himself during a photoshoot with Geimer at her Woodland Hills, California home, and it featured in a batch of material her lawyer demanded the filmmaker hand over to his client during a civil trial a decade after the director fled to Europe in 1978 in a bid to avoid sentencing. Geimer was back in the headlines in 2009 when Polanski was detained by Swiss police at Zurich Airport in relation to his outstanding U.S. arrest warrant. Swiss authorities threatened to extradite the director and placed him under house arrest. In July, 2010, the Swiss court rejected the U.S. request and released Polanski from custody. Throughout his arrest and detention drama, Geimer insisted she had forgiven the filmmaker for what he did to her.

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