15:47 GMT19 January 2021
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    Famous film director and actor Roman Polanski faces fresh rape charges brought forward by former German actress Renate Langer, who claims that he subjected her to sexual abuse when she was fifteen.

    Former German actress Renata Langer accused Roman Polanski of raping her nearly half a century ago.

    According to her, the assault took place in 1972 when she was 15, at the Swiss resort town of Gstaad. Polanski had allegedly raped her when she visited his apartments there, and then attacked her a month later in her bedroom during the filming of Polanski’s movie ‘What?’ (Che?)

    Langer claims that she was originally reluctant to bring forward these accusations while her late parents, who gave her permission to visit Polanski’s place back in 1972, were alive, to avoid shaming them.

    According to Swiss laws, there’s no statute of limitations for child sex abuse, and Swiss police have begun investigating Langer’s claims.

    In 1977 Polanski pleaded guilty to statutory rape of Samantha Geimer when she was 13. However, he fled to France before the sentencing, and Paris rejected the subsequent extradition request filed by the US as Polanski holds French citizenship.


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