French actress Valentine Monnier claims Roman Polanski violently raped her at 18 and says she ‘feared he’d kill her’

FRENCH actress Valentine Monnier has said she feared being murdered by the film director Roman Polanski after he allegedly raped her when she was a teenager.

Ms Monnier said she was waiving her right to anonymity to accuse Polanski, who is currently launching new film ‘I Accuse’, of hypocrisy.

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French film actress Valentine Monnier has said she feared being murdered by the film director Roman Polanski after an alleged rape[/caption]

Monnier accused Polanski of raping her in a ski chalet in 1975

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

In a detailed victim statement released through French newspaper The Parisien, Ms Monnier alleges that Polanski attacked 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, 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.”

She said she was invited on the trip by a girlfriend who knew Polanski, and that he asked her whether she would like to have sex when the two were alone together on a ski lift.

She said she replied, “No”, but that that evening he came to her room naked and assaulted her.

“It happened extremely violently, after we got back to his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, from skiing,” she said.

“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 says she feared she would be killed because the already-world famous Polanski would want to take the risk that his crime would be exposed.

POLANSKI’S NEW FILM ‘HYPOCRITICAL’

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, a Jewish officer convicted and imprisoned in France 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.

The film will be called ‘An Officer and a Spy’ in Britain and the US.

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

She said she was disgusted at the way Polanski seemed to be using the film to suggest similarities between the Dreyfus Affair and his own case.

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?”

She went on to describe the crime of rape as a “time bomb”, and said the “traumatic memory” of what Polanski had done would never go away.

She also said that Polanski had apologised to her in floods of tears while other guests at the chalet also encouraged her to remain silent.

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

Monnier’s testimony includes an account from one witness, known pseudonymously as Charles, who said Monnier told him about the alleged assault shortly after it occurred.

He says he asked Monnier if she wanted to go to the police, but that she had been “trying to leave that horrible experience behind”.

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Monnier said she felt guilty about what happened for decades, and that she was too scared to go to the authorities[/caption]

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Polanski is still wanted in America after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl in 1977 before fleeing the country[/caption]


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