By Samantha Geimer
During this searing and excellent memoir, Samantha Geimer, "the girl" on the middle of the notorious Roman Polanski sexual attack case, breaks a digital thirty-five-year silence to inform her tale and think of the occasions of that day and their lifelong repercussions.
March 1977, Southern California. Roman Polanski drives a rented Mercedes alongside Mulholland force to Jack Nicholson's condo. Sitting subsequent to him is an aspiring actress, Samantha Geimer, lately arrived from York, Pennsylvania. She is 13 years old.
The undisputed evidence of what occurred within the following hours look within the courtroom checklist: Polanski spent hours capturing of Samantha on a deck overlooking the Hollywood Hills, on a kitchen counter, topless in a Jacuzzi. Wine and Quaaludes have been ate up, stability and innocence have been misplaced, and a tender girl's lifestyles used to be altered forever?eternally solid as a historical past participant in her personal story.
For months on finish, the Polanski case ruled the media within the US and out of the country. yet inspite of the broad assurance, a lot approximately that day and the lady on the heart of all of it is still a secret. near to everybody had an opinion concerning the well known director and the woman he was once accused of drugging and raping. Who was once the predator? Who was once the prey? was once the lady an blameless sufferer or a crafty Lolita artfully directed through her bold level mom? How may the legal justice method have failed all of the events involved in this sort of mind-blowing style? as soon as Polanski fled the rustic, what turned of Samantha, the younger woman endlessly linked to one in every of Hollywood's such a lot infamous episodes? Samantha, up to Polanski, has been a fugitive because the occasions of that evening greater than thirty years ago.
Taking us a long way past the headlines, the lady finds a thirteen-year-old who used to be concurrently clever past her years and but extraordinarily weak. by means of telling her tale in complete for the 1st time, Samantha reclaims her id, and indelibly proves that it truly is attainable to maneuver ahead from sufferer to survivor, from confusion to walk in the park, from disgrace to power.
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The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski by Samantha Geimer