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Polanski victim wants case dismissed

ROMAN Polanski's arrest has caused his victim health problems and job worries, and she just wants to be left alone, her attorney wrote in a court filing.

Attorney Lawrence Silver urged a California appeals court to dismiss the criminal case against the "Chinatown" director.

The filing with the Second District Court of Appeal on Friday said Samantha Geimer and Silver have received nearly 500 media calls seeking comment since Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on September 26.

Geimer, who lives in Hawaii and long ago identified herself publicly, is being stalked by journalists from numerous international news outlets and has received interview requests from Larry King and Oprah Winfrey, the filing said.

"The pursuit has caused her to have health-related issues," it said. "The pursuit has caused her performance at her job to be interfered with and has caused the understandable displeasure of her employer and the real possibility that Samantha could lose her job."

The filing seeks dismissal of the case against Polanski and ends with a request: "Leave her alone."

Geimer was 13 when she met Polanski, who was accused of raping her after plying her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill in 1977.


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