British Actress Claims Polanski Sexually Assaulted Her in 1982


Charlotte Lewis, a 42-year-old British actress, has met with L.A. County prosecutors to talk about director Roman Polanski sexually assaulting her in Paris when she was 16. Lewis says Polanski "forced himself" upon her in 1982, four years before she appeared in his film Pirates. She held a news conference yesterday with her lawyer Gloria Allred but didn't answer any questions, instead reading from a prepared statement.

"He took advantage of me and I have lived with the effects of his behavior ever since it occurred," said Lewis, reading from a prepared statement at a news conference in her lawyer's office. "All I want is justice."

Allred says she doesn't plan a lawsuit against Polanski, whose lawyers denied knowing anything about the allegations. But she said her client would be willing to testify against him when it comes time for him to be sentenced.

LA DA meets actress who claims Polanski sex abuse [AP]