Polanski infamously fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor – Geimer. He spent 42 days in prison before leaving the country out of fear that the judge would overrule his deal and put him back behind bars. The director will not be extradited to Los Angeles, as decided in court on Friday, reported the Associated Press.
Geimer was supportive of the decision in Poland, and told NBC News, “I believe they did the right thing and made the right decision given all the facts.”
Now 52, Geimer said she was “pleased and happy” because she’s long desired to leave the decades-long saga behind.
“I’m sure he’s a nice man and I know he has a family and I think he deserves closure and to be allowed to put this behind him,” Geimer said. “He said he did it, he pled guilty, he went to jail. I don’t know what people want from him.”
She said that she feels the case was a ploy to grab headlines rather than get justice for her.
Geimer would rather the L.A. County District Attorney stop pursuing extradition all together or sentence the 82-year-old in absentia to time served, she told NBC News. She also said that the D.A.’s office should be investigating the long allegations of prosecutorial misconduct surrounding the case.
“If they’re going to waste time and money they should be spending it on helping people right now, today, that need help,” she said.
She added that she feels a “kinship” with Polanski because of the shared experience.
“I don’t carry feelings of anger towards Polanski,” Geimer told PEOPLE back in 1997. “I even have some sympathy for him, what with his mother dying in a concentration camp and then his wife Sharon Tate being murdered by Charles Manson’s people and spending the last 20 years as a fugitive. Life was hard for him, just like it was for me. He did something really gross to me, but it was the media that ruined my life.”
She echoes the former sentiments still today, and told NBC, “I recovered from what happened that night a long time ago … Bad stuff happens to people. Worse stuff happens to people.”