12.08.2020

Swiss prosecutors to examine Roman Polanski rape claims

Swiss prosecutors said they will investigate rape claims against Roman Polanski

Swiss prosecutors said they will investigate rape claims against Roman Polanski

Swiss prosecutors said Monday that they will examine allegations made by a German woman that filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her in 1972 in the town of Gstaad, when she was 15.

The procedural move means that Switzerland has not ruled out prosecuting the filmmaker, despite questions as to whether the statute of limitations for the alleged crime has lapsed.

Renate Langer, a 61-year-old former actress, told Swiss police last month that she met Polanski while working as a model in Munich before travelling to his home in Gstaad, where he raped her.

‘The prosecutor’s office in the Canton of Bern has confirmed… it will handle (the file)’, prosecution spokesman Christof Scheurer said in an email.

Langer is the fourth woman to publicly accuse Polanski of sexual assault.

Polanski pleaded guilty in the United States to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer – aged 13 at the time – in 1977 but fled the country before he could be sentenced. He remains a fugitive from the US justice system.

British actress Charlotte Lewis also accused Polanski of assault in 2010. Lewis claimed the director ‘forced himself’ upon her just after her 16th birthday.

Renate Langer, pictured in the 1980s, said she was attacked by the controversial film director in his home in Gstaad when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl

Renate Langer, pictured in the 1980s, said she was attacked by the controversial film director in his home in Gstaad when she was a 15-year-old schoolgirl

Polanski in 1977 pleaded guilty in the United States to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer – aged 13 at the time

In August, a woman identified only as Robin told a news conference in Los Angeles she was ‘sexually victimized’ by the French-Polish film director when she was 16, in 1973.

Polanski’s film career has continued to flourish since he fled the US for France, where many consider him an icon.

He has eight Cesars – the French equivalent of an Oscar – as well as a best director Academy Award for Holocaust drama ‘The Pianist.’

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