French Valentine Valentine Monnier today accused Roman Polanski of raping her in 1975 in Switzerland, when she was 18, in a statement published by Le Parisien newspaper a few days before the French-Polish filmmaker's new film premieres.
Monnier, whose accusation adds to that of other women in recent years, reveals that he has never reported the crime – now prescribed – to the police.
The woman said she decided to disclose the rape due to the French premiere of the movie "I accuse" about a famous judicial error, the Dreyfus case.
"I had nothing to do with him, personal or professional, just knew him," reveals photographer Monnier, who was a model in New York and participated in some films in the 1980s, such as "Three Men and a Baby."
"It was of extreme violence, after skiing, in his cottage in Gstaad (Switzerland), assaulted me until I surrendered. Then he raped me making me suffer."
The filmmaker's lawyer, Hervé Temime, told the Parisien newspaper that Polanski "firmly denies any allegations of rape," and points out that events that occurred 45 years ago "were never brought to the attention of the authorities."
Polanski is targeted by US justice for a juvenile corruption lawsuit that began in 1977.
The filmmaker admitted in 1997 that he had had illegal sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in a court settlement after initially being charged with more serious crimes, including rape of a minor under the influence of narcotics.
Sentenced to 90 days in prison, was released after 42 days, but the judge changed his decision, judging that the sentence was insufficient. In January 1978, Polanski fled to Paris and the American court issued an international arrest warrant.
It has since been the subject of further charges, which its lawyer says are "unfounded."