Samantha Geimer, the former teenager who was 13 when she became the face of a Hollywood sex scandal involving filmmaker Roman Polanski, has signed a deal to publish a memoir based on her story, reported the Examiner.
Geimer, now 47, has announced that she will write a memoir entitled “The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski,” in a deal with Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
"Writing this book will finally lay to rest many ghosts from those years, and answer many questions that have remained unresolved," said Judith Curr, publisher for Atria Books.
According to testimony Geimer gave to a grand jury that resulted in Polanski’s criminal indictment on six felony charges, she was raped by the director multiple times during a photo shoot in 1977.
Geimer was first introduced to Polanski through her mother, who had met the filmmaker a year earlier at a bar inside the Roxy Theater. When Polanski was commissioned as a guest photographer for a 1977 issue of French Vogue, he sought a meeting with Geimer’s family and asked for a private modeling shoot with the 13-year-old.
Geimer, then Gailey, and her mother agreed and to a photo session on Feb. 20th, during which Geimer later testified that Polanski asked her to pose topless."I wasn't sure if I was going to tell [my mother] or not," said Geimer. "I was just going to say I didn't want to get any more pictures taken by Polanski again."
But Geimer did not speak about the incident to her mother, or verbally object when Polanski returned for a second photo shoot. This time, she reported that he drove her to Jack Nicholson’s house, where he photographed her again before giving her champagne and half a Quaalude. He then reportedly forced her into anal and oral sex.
"I am more than `Sex Victim Girl,' a tag the media pinned on me," said Geimer through Atria Books. "My friends in junior high, scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose — to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity. I have been dogged by tired thinking and easy tags nearly my entire life. I am not a stick figure. I know what it is like to be a woman and a victim in the realest possible way."
In 1988, Geimer sued Polanski for sexual assault and emotional distress, and he eventually agreed to pay a settlement worth a reported $500,000.
Geimer has since said that she has forgiven him, and that he should not face additional jail time. In a documentary released in 2011, Polanski publically apologized to Geimer, saying she was victimized both by him and the press. Geimer's memoir is scheduled to hit stores next fall.
Click the link to read the full transcript of the court testimony from April of 1977.