The UK Sunday Times.
March 16, 2003
He raped me ? but give him an Oscar
Samantha Geimer tells Margarette Driscoll she has tried to forget the
director assaulting her as a child, and Hollywood should too
As the limos glide up Hollywood Boulevard next Sunday night Samantha
Geimer will be kicking off her shoes, ready to curl up in front of the
television, as usual. But this year?s ceremony is of more than usual
Nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture, is The Pianist,
directed by Roman Polanksi, who sexually assaulted Geimer when she was
13 years old.
The ensuing scandal almost finished Polanski?s career. The film, based
on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who survived the Nazi
occupation of Warsaw, has already won two Baftas in London for best
picture and best director and also won the Palme d?Or at Cannes.
In normal circumstances such laurels would make it a dead cert for an
Oscar. But some believe that Polanski?s history will count against him.
Last week, with deadly timing, the entire tran>
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