Prosecutors Want Roman Polanski Trial To Continue Despite Victim's Pleas
Prosecutors in Roman Polanski's child sex case have urged court officials to deny his victim's request to have the 32-year-old charges dropped.
Polanski pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sex with a minor following an intimate encounter with Samantha Geimer at a party in 1977, when she was just 13 years old.
The movie mogul fled the U.S. before he could be handed his sentence, and was detained by Swiss police last year. He has since been placed under house arrest in Switzerland after losing his battle to avoid extradition in January.
In October, Geimer launched a legal bid to have the charges dropped, insisting the media furore following Polanski's arrest in September has disrupted her job and affected her health.
But prosecutors are determined the case will continue, despite Geimer's pleas to have it dropped.
In court papers, obtained by Reuters, they have urged a California appeals court to dismiss Geimer's bid to throw the case out, insisting she has "no right or authority to dictate the outcome of a criminal case".