Updated: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Roman Polanski: Life in pictures

Samantha Gailey and the sexual assault charges

Samantha Geimer (© Neal Preston-Corbis main picture ; AP inset)
  • Roman Polanski (© REX-David Fisher)
  • The Krakow ghetto, 1941 (© AP)
  • Repulsion 1965 (© SNAP-Rex Features)
  • Rosemary's Baby 1968 (© SNAP-Rex Features)
  • Charles Manson; Sharon Tate (© AP; Everett Collection-Rex Features)
  • Chinatown 1974 (© Rex-Everett Collection)
  • Samantha Geimer (© Neal Preston-Corbis main picture ; AP inset)
  • Roman Polanski's chalet in the Swiss mountain resort of Gstaad, pictured in 2010 (© REUTERS-Denis Balibouse)
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On 10 March 1977, following a private photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's home in Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, 43-year-old Roman Polanski engaged in sexual activity with Samantha Gailey, a 13-year-old model, after allegedly plying her with champagne and half a Quaalude. Polanski was arrested and six charges were brought against him, including rape by use of drugs and furnishing a controlled substance to the minor. Polanski eventually pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, but fled to France in February 1978, hours before he was due to be formally sentenced. Since then Polanski has mostly lived in France and avoided visiting countries likely to extradite him to the United States.

His victim, now aged 48 and known by her married name, Samantha Geimer, has always maintained that the sexual intercourse was non-consensual. She is releasing a book later this year about her experiences (see inset). The cover features a photograph of the author taken by Polanski himself, just weeks before the events at Mulholland Drive.