A French court docket on Tuesday acquitted French-Polish film-maker Roman Polanski of defaming British actor Charlotte Lewis after she accused him of raping her when she was a youngster.

Polanski, 90, was not in court docket for the decision on the Paris legal court docket.

Lewis informed the court docket in March that she turned the sufferer of a “smear marketing campaign” that “almost destroyed” her life after she spoke up about abuse that came about within the Eighties.

“He raped me,” the 56-year-old actor informed the court docket, explaining it had taken her time to place a reputation on the incident that occurred in Paris when she was 16.

The decision by this court docket, which specialises in media circumstances, relates strictly to the cost of defamation and never over the actor’s rape accusation in opposition to Polanski.

The film-maker, whose titles embody the Oscar-winning Rosemary’s Child, Chinatown and The Pianist, didn’t attend any hearings of the trial.

Polanski is needed in the USA over the statutory rape of a 13-year-old in 1977 and faces a number of different accusations of sexual assault relationship again a long time and previous the statute of limitations – all claims he has rejected. He fled to Europe in 1978.

Lewis in 2010 accused Polanski of abusing her “within the worst attainable manner” as a 16-year-old in 1983 in Paris after she travelled there for a casting session. She appeared in his 1986 movie Pirates.

The film-maker stated that it was a “heinous lie” in a 2019 interview with Paris Match journal.

In response to Paris Match, he pulled out a replica of a 1999 article in now-defunct British tabloid newspaper Information of the World, and quoted Lewis as saying in it: “I wished to be his lover.”

Lewis has stated the quotes attributed to her in that interview weren’t correct.

She filed a grievance for defamation, and the movie director was mechanically charged beneath French legislation.

Stuart White, who wrote the 1999 Information of the World article to which Polanski referred, was additionally current in court docket.

“The interview I gave to Stuart White was not the interview that was within the newspaper,” Lewis stated, including she found the article solely years later.

White stated he interviewed Lewis twice after the paper paid £30,000 for unique rights.

He stated she had agreed to a “vice woman” angle to the 1999 story, however stated he couldn’t keep in mind if she had requested to approve the textual content earlier than it was printed.

In 2010, Lewis stated she determined to talk out to counter options from Polanski’s authorized crew that the 1977 rape case was an remoted incident.

Switzerland, France and Poland have refused to extradite Polanski to the USA.

Between 2017 and 2019, 4 different ladies got here ahead with claims that Polanski additionally abused them within the Seventies, three of them as minors. He has denied all of the allegations.

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