German actress Renate Langer is now 61-years-old but she claims Roman Polanski raped her twice in 1972 when she was a 15-year-old student. Langer made a formal complaint with Swiss police last month. From the NY Times:
By her account, she was introduced to Mr. Polanski after she began working for a modeling agency in Munich in high school and said she had traveled to visit him in Gstaad, with the permission of her parents, because he had indicated an interest in casting her in a movie.
Mr. Polanski, she said, raped her in a bedroom of his home, and she described being unable to defend herself against him despite trying. She left the next day, full of shame and confusion, and said she chose not to tell her parents because it would devastate them.
A month later, Langer says Polanski apologized and offered her a role in a film he was making. She accepted and flew to Rome.
She flew to Rome alone and was given a small part in the movie. Mr. Polanski did not make any sexual advances as filming got underway, she said. But one night in Rome, when she was alone in a house that she had been sharing with others, she said he raped her again in a bedroom despite her efforts to defend herself by throwing a bottle of wine and a bottle of perfume at him.
“This had an influence on all of my life,” she said.
Langer says she never reported the crime at the time or even spoke of it contemporaneously (though she did tell a boyfriend sometime later). As to why she is coming forward now, she tells the NY Times she read the account of the third accuser who came forward this summer. Also, both her parents died fairly recently, her mother two years ago and her father this summer.
Langer is the fourth woman to accuse Polanski of rape. In August a woman known as Robin M. became the third accuser, claiming Polanski raped her when she was 16-years-old.
Monday, the Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Polanski in which he said of his past crimes, “As far as what I did: It’s over.”