Polanski's victim to play supporting role for him in court now

Geimer, now aged 54, appeared at the hearing with Polanski's lawyer Harland Braun.

She described herself as more of a victim of the criminal justice system than of Polanski.

Gordon said at the end of Friday's hearing that he would take the request under consideration, but did not indicate when he would issue a ruling.

Geimer has made her plea through the media and court documents, but this would be her first time to do so before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Braun said.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Roman Polanski won't take his chances to return to court to resolve his sexual-assault case, so his victim is going to stand up for him.

In recent years, she has said repeatedly that she has forgiven Polanski, now 83, but yesterday would be the first time she has appeared publicly at a court hearing in the case.

Samantha Geimer has long asked United States authorities to stop pursuing filmmaker Roman Polanski for having sex with her in 1977, when she was 13.

Polanski has been fighting for years to end the case and lift an worldwide arrest warrant that confined him to his native France, Switzerland and Poland, where he fled the Holocaust.

Outside court, Geimer, now 54, told reporters it was the first opportunity she's had to come to court and chose to "take it because I thought it might be my last".

He was charged with a number of felonies, including rape and sodomy, but prosecutors dropped most of the charges in a deal that saw Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

He was unable to up his 2002 best director Oscar for The Pianist because he feared arrest if he returned to the US.

The director of "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" was accused of drugging her when she was 13 before raping her at the house of film star Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles in 1977. It called for no more time behind bars for the director after he spent 42 days in a prison undergoing a diagnostic screening. In fact, she told the judge in the case that she feels empathy for Roman over the ridicule and the shame he has faced, throughout the 40 years, since he fled the country.

Braun told Reuters he hopes the unsealed testimony would reveal the Polanski's plea deal which he wants to use as evidence to European authorities to rescind the global arrest warrant against Polanski.

Polanski contends he is the victim of judicial misconduct because the now-deceased judge who handled the case suggested in private remarks that he would not honor a plea agreement. "We want to have the transcripts, so we can show the people at Interpol that he has already done his time", the attorney said.

The director - who is married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, with whom he has two children - has since refused to return without assurances that he would not serve additional time in prison.

"I was sure he instantly regretted what he had done and wished it hadn't happened", Geimer told reporters, noting that Polanski wrote her a note and apologized to her and her mother.

The Associated Press doesn't typically name victims of sex abuse, but Geimer went public years ago.

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