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18:00  10 november  2019
18:00  10 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Roman Polanski may sue the French newspaper that published accusations he raped a former actress in the 1970s, his lawyer said Sunday, as he comes Valentine Monnier, a photographer and former actress, recounted an "extremely violent" assault and rape by Polanski at his chalet in the Swiss ski

Roman Polanski may sue the French newspaper that published accusations he raped a former actress in the 1970s, his lawyer said Sunday, as he comes Valentine Monnier, a photographer and former actress, recounted an "extremely violent" assault and rape by Polanski at his chalet in the Swiss ski

Roman Polanski wearing a suit and tie: French-Polish director Roman Polanski has again been accused of sexual assault ahead of the release of his new film © Thomas SAMSON French-Polish director Roman Polanski has again been accused of sexual assault ahead of the release of his new film "An Officer and a Spy"

Roman Polanski may sue the French newspaper that published accusations he raped a former actress in the 1970s, his lawyer said Sunday, as he comes under renewed fire over the latest claim of sexual assault to emerge against the Oscar-winning director in recent years.

Jean Dujardin wearing a suit and tie: The star of Polanski's new film, Jean Dujardin, has cancelled a prime-time interview set for Sunday night© Thomas SAMSON The star of Polanski's new film, Jean Dujardin, has cancelled a prime-time interview set for Sunday night

France's author and director guild could meet soon on whether to exclude the French-Polish star, its vice-president told Le Parisien newspaper, which published the allegations Friday.

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Later that evening, after returning to the chalet from dinner, Mr. Polanski called her upstairs, she said. “I weighed 50 kilos. Polanski was small but muscular and at 42 was in the prime of his life. Because the statute of limitations for rape is 20 years in France, her accusation cannot lead to an

Film Director Roman Polanski , who fled the United States for France in 1978 after admitting to the rape of a 13-year-old girl, is facing yet another sexual assault allegation against him.

Adele Haenel taking a bite out of it: French actress Adele Haenel, who last week accused a director of sexually harassing her when she was 12, tweeted support for Valentine Monnier© Laurent EMMANUEL French actress Adele Haenel, who last week accused a director of sexually harassing her when she was 12, tweeted support for Valentine Monnier

Valentine Monnier, a photographer and former actress, recounted an "extremely violent" assault and rape by Polanski at his chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad in 1975, when she was 18.

Monnier said he tried to make her swallow a pill during the attack, and later made a tearful apology while demanding a promise that she never tell anyone.

"I thought I was going to die," she said in an open letter published by Le Parisien, which also interviewed her and said it had contacted witnesses who confirmed the account.

Monnier is the first Frenchwoman to level charges of sexual assault against Polanski, whose new film, "An Officer and a Spy", comes out in France under the title "J'accuse" on Wednesday.

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Polanski 's lawyer said legal action would be taken against Le Parisien for publishing the claims — AFP pic. PARIS, Nov 10 — Oscar-winner Roman Polanski is considering taking Valentine Monnier on Friday became the latest woman to accuse the Polish-French film director of rape , telling Le Parisien

Roman Polanski may sue the French newspaper that published accusations he raped a former actress in the 1970s, his lawyer said Sunday, as he comes Valentine Monnier, a photographer and former actress, recounted an "extremely violent" assault and rape by Polanski at his chalet in the Swiss ski

"Mr Polanski disputes in the strongest terms this rape accusation," his lawyer Herve Temime told AFP in a statement.

"We are working on the legal action to bring against this publication," he added.

- Pressure mounts -

Monnier's claims have rocked a French film industry already reeling after a top actress last week accused the director of her first film of sexually harassing her when she was just 12.

Adele Haenel, whose account has garnered an outpouring of support, on Saturday urged others to speak out in support of Monnier and "take notice of her story".

The allegations may prove a turning point for French cinema, where the MeToo movement against rape and sexual assault that rocked Hollywood has not prompted as deep a reckoning of abuses in the industry.

Broadcaster TF1 confirmed Sunday that the star of Polanski's new film, Jean Dujardin, had cancelled a prime-time interview set for Sunday night.

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  Roman Polanski accused of raping French actress in 1975 A French actress accused director Roman Polanski on Friday of raping her at a ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1975. Valentine Monnier told Le Parisien that the director violently raped her when she was 18-years-old. A French actress accused director Roman Polanski on Friday of raping her at a ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1975.

In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with five offenses against Samantha Geimer (/ˈɡeɪmər/), a 13-year-old girl – rape by use of drugs, perversion

Doctors forced to declare girl dead shortly after she was brought to hospital in need of medical treatment. Roman Polanski weighing legal riposte after latest rape claim . By AFP and TOI staff.

The Dutch-Belgian actress Sand Van Roy, who has accused French director Luc Besson of rape in a case under investigation, tweeted that she believed Monnier's graphic account.

Monnier wrote that Polanski "pummelled me until I gave in and then raped me, making me do all sorts of things".

She had previously written to France's first lady Brigitte Macron, who forwarded them to France's equality minister Marlene Schiappa, who has pushed for new measures to combat sexual abuse.

Schiappa wrote to Monnier in March last year and hailed her courage "in daring to break the silence," while reiterating that the alleged attack was beyond France's statutes of limitations for prosecution.

- 'Criminal past' -

Monnier, who acted in a few films in the 1980s, said the release of Polanski's film, about one of the most notorious errors of justice in French history, the Dreyfus affair, had prompted her to speak out.

"How could he benefit from public funds to instrumentalise history, and in doing so rewrite his own to cover up his criminal past," she wrote.

Polanski was first accused of rape by the mother of American Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when she was drugged at the home of film star Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles in 1977.

In 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis accused him of "sexually abusing" her in 1983 when she was 16.

Another woman, identified only as Robin, accused him in August 2017 of sexual assault when she was 16 in 1973.

The next month, former actress Renate Langer filed a new complaint alleging she was raped by Polanski in 1972 when she was 15.

And then in October 2017, California artist Marianne Barnard accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1975 after asking her to pose naked when she was just 10 years old.

The claims, all denied by Polanski, nevertheless forced him to abandon the presidency of the 2017 Cesars, the French equivalent of the Oscars.

Although awarded the 2003 Best Director Oscar for "The Pianist", Polanski was expelled from the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018.

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