Former Teen At Center Of Roman Polanski 1970s Sex Scandal Writing A Memoir
Thirty-four years after he fled the U.S. after being convicted of having sex with a teenager, the now 47 year-old who was at the center of the firestorm is writing a memoir that promises to reveal more details about the encounter that has lead to Roman Polanski's virtual exile in France.
Samantha Geimer has entered a deal with Atria Books for penning the book, The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski, which the Simon & Schuster label will release next fall, according to A.P. The publisher said the book will provide "insight into many dimensions of the story" yet to be revealed.
The scandal was at the center of documentary filmmaker Marina Zenovich's 2008 film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. The film , which won two primetime Emmy Awards, examines the circumstances that led the Oscar-winning filmmaker to flee the U.S. and the controversial trial that preceded it. In 2009, he was placed under a surprise house arrest in 2009 when he arrived at a Swiss airport to accept a Lifetime Achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival that year. Swiss authorities eventually freed him after declining to extradite him to the United States.
In 2003, he won an Oscar for Best Director for The Pianist in absentia. His other Academy Award-nominated films include Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby.
Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 just before sentencing for unlawful sex with Geimer who was 13 at the time. Now 79, the filmmaker has a travel restriction in 188 countries, but travels throughout France, which does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S.