As the filmmaker prepares to release "J & # 39; Accuse" in France, Valentine Monnier accuses Polanski of raping her in 1975.
In a report published Friday by the French daily Le Parisien, The French actress Valentine Monnier accused director Roman Polanski of raping her at Polanksi's ski chalet in Switzerland in 1975 when she was 18 years old.
Monnier told Le Parisien that the director raped her violently. The newspaper reported that it spoke to several people, who said Monnier told them about the incident shortly after it occurred.
"Rape is a time bomb," she told the publication. “The memory does not fade. It becomes a ghost and it follows you, and it changes you insidiously. "
IndieWire reached out to Polanski's US attorneys for comment.
Monnier said she was moved to speak some four decades after the incident due to the release of Polanski's latest film," J & # 39; Accuse "(" A officer and a spy "), coming out in France next week.
The film won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize and received most positive reviews at its Venice Film Festival, but the film has not attracted an American distributor, a sign of the growing pressure on those accused of sexual behavior during the Me Too era.
Monnier told Le Parisien that after dinner during the ski trip, Polanski called her upstairs. When she came up, she said Polanski was naked. He attacked her and ripped off her clothes before raping her, she claimed.
Polanski's French lawyer, Hervé Témime, strongly denied the allegations to the paper.
Polanski's "Pianist" won three Oscars in 2002, well into the director's time living in exile in France. He fled the United States in 1
His victim, Samantha Geimer, said she has forgiven Polanski and accepted a private apology. Polanski was expelled from Motion Picture Academy 2018.
Sony Pictures Classics released its last feature in 2017, "Based on a True Story," which raised about $ 4 million in international territories; it did not receive a domestic theater release.