French actress Valentine Monnier has accused Roman Polanski of raping her in 1975. She made the accusation earlier today through the French media outlet, Le Parisien.
Monnier stated, “In 1975, I was raped by Roman Polanski.”
She added, “had no connection to him, personal or professional, and barely knew him. This didn’t happen in the fracas of a party (there were no drugs, no alcohol). This was an extreme act of violence, after we went skiing at his chalet in Gstaad.”
Furthermore, she noted, “He hit me, ripped off my clothes until I surrendered and made me submit to a number of unpleasant acts. I had just turned 18 years old.”
In Response, Polanski’s attorney stated, “Roman Polanski strongly denies all accusation of rape. On a personal note, I can’t help but add that the alleged action took place 40 years ago.”
Two years after the alleged incident, Polanski fled the United States amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor. He then fled to France.
Monnier expressed her disapproval of the French government’s treatment of Polanski. She wrote, “France had made [Polanski] untouchable.”
Polanski is set to release film this month titled An Officer and A Spy.
It is unclear if Monnier will pursue legal action regarding the alleged incident.