Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 6 March 2024

British actress breaks down in tears as she describes how Roman Polanski ‘raped her when she was 16’ and then ‘tried to portray her as a child prostitute’ during French defamation trial

A British actress suing veteran film director Roman Polanski for defamation broke down in tears in a Paris criminal court today as she described how he allegedly raped her before launching a ‘defamation campaign’ to discredit the allegations.

Charlotte Lewis, 56, said Polanski attacked her as a teenager before trying to portray her as a child prostitute after she went public with the allegations on the first day of her libel trial against the 90-year-old in the French capital on Tuesday.

Waiving her legal right to anonymity, Ms Lewis said: ‘It’s a defamation campaign against me that has lasted since 2010. It almost destroyed my whole life.’

She added: ‘People believed what was written in the articles about me. They called me a prostitute.’

Ms Lewis claims she was attacked on the first night she met Polanski, when she was auditioning for his 1986 film ‘Pirates’ in Paris. She first made the allegations of sexual assault in 2010, which were dismissed as a ‘heinous lie’ by Polanski years later.

In court today, Ms Lewis said Polanski tried to present her as a child prostitute, with significant consequences for her reputation and social life.

It was the first time that Polanski, a married father of two, has faced court justice since running away from America in 1977 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Speaking at the 17th Chamber of the Paris Correctional Court today, Ms Lewis said: ‘It was the first night I met him. He decided the hotel we were staying in wasn’t great.

‘So, he took us back to his apartment. We went out to dinner. Then we came back, Karen, a mutual friend, went to bed, and that’s when he raped me.’

Asked why she did not mention the attack until a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, Ms Lewis said: ‘I didn’t realise it was rape.’

‘I didn’t even know that word. I knew what happened to me wasn’t right, but I didn’t know how to put a word to it.

‘He was the only adult man in my life. I have no father, brother or uncle. I had no other male role model. He became the only male role model I had. So it was disturbing. Because of that, I became anorexic.’

In 2010, Ms Lewis first accused Polanski of attacking her ‘in the worst possible way’ when she was a 16-year-old auditioning for his 1986 film ‘Pirates’ in Paris.

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