Sexual abuse accusations continue to surface in Hollywood. Authorities are now investigating a new sexual assault accusation against director Roman Polanski. Despite its severity — the accusation is that he molested a child when she was 10 — he can't be prosecuted as the statute of limitations has run up.
As The Los Angeles Times reported, the accusation comes from artist Marianne Barnard, who came forward to the police in October. She says Polanski molested her during a photoshoot at Will Rogers State Beach back in 1975. She was a child model, but says that she became quickly uncomfortable when he asked her to pose naked with a fur coat.
"Then at some point I realized my mom had gone. I don’t know where she went and I didn’t really register her leaving but she was no longer there," she said per The Sun. "Then he molested me.”
Barnard said that actresses sharing their experiences of alleged abuse by Harvey Weinstein inspired her to come forward. Eighty-four-year-old Polanski denied the allegations.
Polanski's attorney, Harland Braun, said in an email, "I believe that a competent LAPD investigation will prove the whole story to be bogus."
Barnard's story is one of multiple sexual abuse allegations against Polanski. Women have accused "The Pianist" director of abusing them, mostly when they were underage. In 1977, he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to ABC News. He was indicted for rape, sodomy and giving drugs to a minor, and he pleaded guilty to unlawful intercourse. He served 42 days behind bars ahead of his sentencing, according to Reuters.
Prior to his sentencing, Polanski famously fled the country and has been living in Europe as a fugitive ever since.
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