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Polanski’s victim asks judge to end case against director

Samantha Geimer appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court for a motion hearing in Los Angeles.
Samantha Geimer appeared at Los Angeles Superior Court for a motion hearing in Los Angeles. Paul Buck/Pool Photo via AP

LOS ANGELES — Roman Polanski’s sexual assault victim asked a judge Friday to end the 40-year-old case against the fugitive director, but there was no indication her plea would bring an end to the lengthy court saga.

Samantha Geimer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon that she wanted the case, involving a 1977 assault, to end, either with a dismissal or by the judge sentencing Polanski without him being present. Polanski’s repeated requests for the same rulings have been denied.

Gordon said he would take Geimer’s comments into consideration and did not issue an immediate ruling.

Geimer spoke briefly with reporters before the hearing, telling them she was terrified but felt compelled to tell a judge directly that she wanted the case to end.

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‘‘This may be my last chance,’’ she said. I finally will get to stand before a judge and say how I feel so I thought I should take it.’’

Geimer, 54, has long supported Polanski’s efforts to end the legal saga that limits his freedom, but Friday was the first time she has appeared in court on his behalf, attorney Harland Braun said.

‘‘She’s tired of this case,’’ Braun said Thursday.