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Former teen who had sex with Polanski writing book

NEW YORK - The former teen whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with - leading to one of Hollywood’s most notorious scandals and the director’s flight from the U.S. - is writing a memoir.

Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for “The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski.’’ Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Tuesday that the book will come out next fall. According to Atria, Geimer will provide “insight into many dimensions of the story that have never previously been revealed.’’

“I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ a tag the media pinned on me,’’ Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski’s victim, said in a statement released through Atria. “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.’’

Financial terms were not disclosed. Geimer’s attorney, Lawrence Silver, will contribute to the book, adding “his insights on the many fascinating and even shocking legal aspects of the story.’’

Polanski was accused of plying Geimer with champagne and part of a Quaalude during a 1977 modeling shoot at Jack Nicholson’s house and raping her. He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.

In exchange, a Los Angeles judge agreed to drop the remaining charges and sentence him to prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation. He was released after 42 days by an evaluator who deemed him mentally sound and unlikely to offend again. Polanski fled the United States.

AP

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