Now a married mother of three, Geimer, 34, reveals her identity in an Inside Edition interview airing tonight and tomorrow. (Although she has discussed the incident with reporters in the past, she has never allowed herself to be photographed or her name to be used.)
Since 1978, Polanski, the then-42-year-old French-born filmmaker of Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, has lived the fugitive lifestyle. That's when he took the adolescent Geimer to Jack Nicholson's Hollywood home (while the actor was away)--plying the adolescent with Quaaludes and champagne, and then having sex with her. He fled to Paris shortly after pleading guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Five other felony counts were dropped.
Polanski's lawyers have begun negotiating with Los Angeles prosecutors to allow the now-64-year-old director back into the States without serving jail time.
Geimer, who lives with her family in Hawaii, says it's fine with her. "I really wish this would be over, that he would reach agreement with the courts, no longer be a fugitive."
She also tells Inside Edition that she wouldn't call the episode rape, but the sex was not consensual. "I perceived it as he made me have sex with him," she says. "The word 'rape' always brings to mind for me a level of...violence that wasn't there."
Polanski and his Hollywood pals are probably heartened by Geimer's remarks. His fugitive status has made headaches for studios doing business with him. The publicity tour for his 1994 adaptation of the Broadway play, Death and the Maiden, for instance, had to be conducted on a boat in neutral waters to avoid risking Polanski's arrest.