Charlotte Lewis sues Roman Polanski for sexual abuse

Actress Charlotte Lewis filed a complaint after the comments were made Match in Paris where the director questioned the truth of the facts he accused him of.

Will Roman Polanski appear soon in Paris? A case of defamation was ordered against the filmmaker after the complaint of the actress Charlotte Lewis for comments in which she questioned the authenticity of the sexual abuse she accused him of.

An order on August 30 returned to the Paris Criminal Court the filmmaker, who had not been tried until then in France in a file related to these accusations of sexual abuse. In the press law, court referral is almost automatic in such a procedure and the merits of the cases are reviewed at the hearing.

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

“It is almost time for the hearing. We look forward to it with envy and peace”, welcome on Wednesday Me Benjamin Chouai, lawyer of the British actress with Me Fabrice Epstein. He filed a complaint with a civil action in March 2020.

Charlotte Lewis, 55, acted in the movie “Pirates”, directed by Roman Polanski in 1986. In 2010, she admitted that she was in Los Angeles “sexually abused” of the filmmaker in his Paris apartment in the early 1980s, when he was 16 years old.

“Horrible Lie”

But in Match in ParisRoman Polanski compared these comments of the actress in 2010 to an interview she gave in 1999 to a British tabloid. News of the World.

The filmmaker lined up the following words attributed at the time to Charlotte Lewis: “I know Roman has done something wrong in the United States, but I want to be his mistress… maybe I want him more than he does.”

According to Polanski, the differences in the versions prove the “contradictions” and a “shame lies” from the actress. However, the latter challenged in 2010 the veracity of the statements in 1999 attributed to him. “Number of citations attributed to me in the article by News of the World not exactly”he assured.

Will Roman Polanski appear at the bar in the 17th room of the Paris Criminal Court? Requested, the lawyers of the 89-year-old filmmaker, My Hervé Temime and Delphine Meillet, did not want to comment and “Reserve their explanations for the court”. The second added that he “unknown if Mr. Polanski intends to appear” or be represented at the hearing, which may be held in 2023 or 2024.

Since the end of the 1970s, accusations of sexual abuse have often caught the life of the man who was born in Paris in 1933 and won three Oscars and a Palme d’Or at Cannes. This is the case, for example, during the presentation of the Césars 2020 in Paris. His crown of best director for I charge caused the departure of the ceremony of Adèle Haenel, an icon who 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 was accused of drugging and raping Samantha Gailey, 13 at the time, in Los Angeles. Since that date, and despite many procedural disputes, he is still the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by the United States and has found himself, several times, under threat of extradition.

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

These charges are time barred and challenged by Roman Polanski in the Match in Paris. Then he became angry with these words: “For years, they tried to make a monster out of me.”

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