Fresh sex pest claim against Polan­ski

Sunday Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW - Staff re­porter

A fe­male artist claims movie di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski sex­u­ally abused her when she was 10 years old.

In an in­ter­view with The Sun news­pa­per this week, Mar­i­anne Barnard said Polan­ski took pho­to­graphs of her naked on Mal­ibu beach, Los Angeles, in 1975. She de­cided to break her si­lence in the wake of the Har­vey We­in­stein sex scan­dal.

Barnard’s mother ini­ti­ated the meet­ing and brought her to a beach where she met Polan­ski for a photo shoot. She be­lieved the pho­to­graphs were for a mag­a­zine.

“First he was tak­ing pic­tures of me in the bikini, then it was with a coat, then he said take off the bikini top, which I was com­fort­able with as I was only 10 and I of­ten ran around with no top on,” she told The Sun.

“But then he wanted me to take my bikini bot­toms off. I started to feel very un­com­fort­able. Then at some point I re­alised my mom had gone. Then he mo­lested me.”

Barnard, 52, said she suf­fered post trau­matic stress dis­or­der and claus­tro­pho­bia for decades af­ter­wards.

She is the fifth woman to ac­cuse Polan­ski of a sex crime. The first was 13-year-old Amer­i­can Sa­man­tha Geimer. Polan­ski, now 84, was charged, but fled the US.

Ac­tress Lupita Ny­ong’o has be­come the lat­est to ac­cuse We­in­stein of sex­ual ha­rass­ment. The 34-year-old said the en­coun­ters ended when she won an Os­car in 2014 and was able to tell him she would not work with him again.

“He was one of the first peo­ple I met in the in­dus­try, and he told me, ‘This is the way it is’,” she wrote in The New York Times.

She said that when she first met We­in­stein an­other ac­tress told her to be wary of get­ting on the wrong side of him.

We­in­stein is un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as an out­pa­tient at a clinic for sex ad­dicts. He has re­port­edly been bark­ing into his cell­phone and claim­ing that the al­le­ga­tions against him were part of a wider con­spir­acy.

A source claimed: “In one group ther­apy ses­sion, Har­vey ar­rived 15 min­utes late. Then, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a con­spir­acy against him.

“Har­vey fell asleep in his chair,” the source said. His phone woke him and he rushed out the room to take the call, the source said. —

Ro­man Polan­ski and Mar­i­anne Barnard

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.