Ex-German actress latest to accuse Polanski of rape

Renate Langer (right) says French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (above) raped her at a house in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15.
Renate Langer (above) says French-Polish film director Roman Polanski raped her at a house in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, NYTIMES
Renate Langer (right) says French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (above) raped her at a house in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15.
Renate Langer says French-Polish film director Roman Polanski (above) raped her at a house in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, NYTIMES

BERLIN • At first, she kept quiet because she did not want to traumatise her parents.

But now that they are dead, Renate Langer, a 61-year-old former German actress, has reported to the Swiss police that film director Roman Polanski raped her at a house in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 1972, when she was 15.

She has provided The New York Times with a copy of an e-mail - sent by a Swiss police officer - saying that another office would determine whether she can lodge a criminal complaint.

Switzerland has eliminated its statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases, but the law limits prosecution in cases that happened many years ago.

Langer said she had not previously reported anything to the police because "my mother would have had a heart attack".

"I felt ashamed and embarrassed and lost and solo."

Her father died this summer and her mother two years ago.

Polanski, now 84, pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with Ms Samantha Geimer when she was 13.

However, he fled the United States before he could be sentenced and remains a fugitive.

In August, a woman in Los Angeles, identified only as Ms Robin M., came forward at a news conference to report that he had sexually assaulted her in 1973 when she was 16.

In 2010, British actress Charlotte Lewis also accused the FrenchPolish director - who won a best director Oscar for Holocaust drama The Pianist in 2003 - of abusing her sexually when she was 16.

His lawyer has disputed all these allegations.

NYTIMES

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