Denounced by Charlotte Lewis who accuses him of sexual abuse, Roman Polanski was tried for defamation

Denounced by Charlotte Lewis who accuses him of sexual abuse, Roman Polanski was tried for defamation

Denounced by Charlotte Lewis who accuses him of sexual abuse, Roman Polanski was tried for defamation

Actress Charlotte Lewis filed a complaint after the remarks made Paris match in which the director questioned the veracity of the facts she accuses him of.

Will Roman Polanski appear in Paris soon? A libel suit was ordered against the director following a complaint by actress Charlotte Lewis for remarks in which she questioned the veracity of the sexual abuse she accuses him of.

An order of 30 August sends the director, who had never been tried until then in France in a file relating to these accusations of sexual abuse, to the criminal court in Paris. In press law, committal for trial is almost automatic in this proceeding and the merits of the allegations are examined at the hearing.

The editorial director of Paris match, who had published the interview in question, will also be judged in this case. In a long interview published by the weekly in December 2019, Roman Polanski said: “You see, the first quality of a good liar is a good memory. Charlotte Lewis is always mentioned in the list of my accusers without ever noticing these contradictions.

“The hearing is just around the corner. We await him with envy and serenity”, on Wednesday welcomed Me Benjamin Chouai, the British actress’s lawyer with Me Fabrice Epstein. In March 2020, you filed a civil complaint.

Charlotte Lewis, 55, had starred in the movie “Pirates”, directed by Roman Polanski in 1986. In 2010, she claimed in Los Angeles that she was “sexually abused” by the director in her Paris apartment in the early 1980s, when she was 16.

“Terrible lie”

But in Paris matchRoman Polanski compared these comments made by the actress in 2010 to an interview with the British tabloid in 1999. News from the world.

The director underlined the following phrase attributed to Charlotte Lewis at the time: “I knew Roman had done something wrong in the United States, but I wanted to be his mistress … I probably wanted him more than he wanted.”

According to Polanski, the differences in the versions testified “contradictions” it’s a “hateful lie” by the actress. The latter, however, contested in 2010 the veracity of the 1999 observations attributed to him. “Number of citations attributed to me in the article by News from the world are not accurate “he had assured.

Will Roman Polanski appear at the bar of the 17th section of the Paris criminal court? Solleciti, the lawyers of the 89-year-old director, My Hervé Temime and Delphine Meillet, declined to comment and “reserve their explanations for the court”. The second added that she “I didn’t know if Mr. Polanski intended to appear” or would be represented at the hearing, which could be held in 2023 or 2024.

Since the late 1970s, allegations of sexual abuse have regularly revived the life of the man born in Paris in 1933 and winner of three Oscars and a Palme d’Or at Cannes. This was the case, for example, with the presentation of the César 2020 in Paris. His crowning as best director for I accuse had caused the departure of the Adèle Haenel ceremony, an image that has become one of the symbols of the fight against sexual violence and for equality in the world of cinema.

The first accusation against Roman Polanski dates back to 1977: he is accused of having drugged and raped Samantha Gailey, 13 years old at the time, in Los Angeles. Since that date, and despite numerous procedural disputes, he is still the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the United States and has found himself threatened with extradition on several occasions.

A woman, identified as “Robin”, accused him in August 2017 of sexual assault when he was 16, in 1973. In September 2017, Renate Langer, a former actress, filed a new rape complaint, claiming to be she was attacked in 1972 in Gstaad (Switzerland) when she was 15 years old. In October 2017, an American artist, Marianne Barnard, also accused the director of attacking her in 1975, when she was 10 years old. In November 2019, a Frenchwoman, Valentine Monnier, also accused him of raping her in 1975 in Switzerland when she was 18.

These charges are all prescribed and have been challenged by Roman Polanski in Paris match. He was then indignant with these words: “For years, they’ve been trying to make a monster out of me.”

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