Roman Polanski accused of 'violently raping' French actress

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French film actress Valentine Monnier has accused Oscar winning director Roman Polanski of raping her when she was 18 in a ski chalet.      

Ms Monnier waived her right to anonymity so as to describe the alleged horrific ordeal just as Polanski, 86, launches a new movie called ‘I accuse’.

She told how she feared being murdered by the film director after he ‘violently raped’ her in Gstaad, Switzerland. 

Polanski is still wanted in America after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 1977 and then fleeing the country.

In a detailed victim statement released through the Parisien newspaper, Ms Monnier said she now wanted to accuse Polanski of attacking her in a ski chalet in early 1975.

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who is now 62, said: ‘In 1975 I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no link with him, neither personnel, nor professional, and I hardly knew him

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who is now 62, said: ‘In 1975 I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no link with him, neither personnel, nor professional, and I hardly knew him 

Responding to the claims, a lawyer for the director said: ‘Roman Polanski firmly denies all accusations of rape’

In a detailed victim statement released through the Parisien newspaper, Ms Monnier said she now wanted to accuse Polanski (pictured on Monday in Paris) of attacking her in a ski chalet in early 1975

In a detailed victim statement released through the Parisien newspaper, Ms Monnier (right, in her acting days) said she now wanted to accuse Polanski (pictured left last month) of attacking her in a ski chalet in early 1975

Responding to the claims, a lawyer for the director said: ‘Roman Polanski firmly denies all accusations of rape.’

Ms Monnier, who is now 62, said: ‘In 1975 I was raped by Roman Polanski. I had no link with him, neither personnel, nor professional, and I hardly knew him.

‘It happened extremely violently, after we got back to his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, from skiing.

‘He hit me, beat me until I surrendered, and then raped me and put me through all kinds of vicissitudes. I had just turned 18’.

She feared ‘I would die’, because the already world famous Polanski would want to keep his crime secret by murdering her.

Ms Monnier, who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski’s hypocrisy.

The French-Polish director, who made his name with films such as 'Rosemary's Baby', 'Chinatown' and 'The Pianist', has just made ‘J’accuse’ (‘I accuse’) about Alfred Dreyfus, the Jewish officer convicted and imprisoned on false evidence at the end of the 19th Century.

Dreyfus was accused of smuggling French Army secrets to the Germans in a notorious case of anti-Semitism, before finally being cleared.

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski’s hypocrisy

Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days), who now lives in New York, said she was finally speaking out after 44 years because of Polanski’s hypocrisy

Describing the crime of rape as a ‘time bomb’, Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days) said the ‘traumatic memory’ of what father-of-two Polanski did to her would never go away

Describing the crime of rape as a ‘time bomb’, Ms Monnier (pictured during her acting days) said the ‘traumatic memory’ of what father-of-two Polanski did to her would never go away

Ms Monnier said she was disgusted at the way Polanski was using the plot of ‘J’accuse’ to allegedly mirror his own case in the USA. He plead guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl and then fled the country.

She said: ‘Is it tenable, under the pretext of a film, under the cover of history, to hear the person who has marked you for life to say “I accuse”, while preventing you – the victim – to accuse him?’

Describing the crime of rape as a ‘time bomb’, Ms Monnier said the ‘traumatic memory’ of what father-of-two Polanski did to her would never go away.

She felt guilty about what happened for decades and was too scared to go to the authorities.

Polanski had also apologised to her in floods of tears, while other guests in the chalet also encouraged her to remain silent.

Because of the 20-year statute of limitations in France, Polanski cannot be prosecuted for a crime that allegedly took place in 1975.

Marlene Schiappa, France’s equality minister, confirmed that Polanski could not be arrested over the accusations.

Referring to Switzerland – where Ms Monnier was allegedy raped – Ms Schiappa said:‘I cannot intervene in legal proceedings in another country. Nevertheless, I wish to express my full support for your courageous approach.’

Ms Monnier said she was invited on the 1975 trip to the Alps by a girlfriend who knew Polanski, and that she found herself alone on a ski lift with the director when he used coarse language to ask her: ‘Do you want to have sex?’

She said no, but that night Polanski arrived in her room naked and tore off her clothes before raping her.

‘I was completely shocked,’ said Mr Valentine. ‘I weighed 50 kilos [7.8 stone] – Polanski was small but muscular and, at 42, in the prime of life. He got the upper hand in two minutes.’

Ms Monnier explained: ‘I said to myself – it’s Roman Polanski, he cannot take the risk of this becoming knows, so he will have to kill me.’

Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (pictured), who is 33 years younger than him, and their two children, Morgane and Elvis

Polanski currently lives in Paris with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (pictured), who is 33 years younger than him, and their two children, Morgane and Elvis 

In 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty in US court to raping and drugging Samantha Geimer (seen above in June 2017), who was just 13 years old at the time

Samantha Geimer is seen above in 1976, a year before she was raped by Polanski

In 1978, Polanski pleaded guilty in US court to raping and drugging Samantha Geimer (seen left in June 2017), who was just 13 years old at the time. Geimer is seen right in 1976, a year before she was raped by Polanski

Ms Monnier said she later recounted her ordeal to a few close friends and family, including her husband in 1993.

‘This drama has resurfaced every time Polanski is in the news,’ she said, naming confidantes including the screenwriter Gerard Brach, who died in 2006.

There is one direct witness – referred to by pseudonym Charles – who said he met Ms Monnier in early 1975 and ‘she told me that she had been brutally raped by Polanski’.

He added: ‘I

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