London: Roman Polanski has for the first time apologised publicly to a woman, whom he had raped in 1977 when she was just 13 years old.
The 78-year-old Oscar-winning director admitted in a documentary on his life that premiered Tuesday at the Zurich Film Festival that Samantha Geimer, now 47, had been left blemished by his exploitation three decades ago.
The director of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Chinatown’ admitted that she was a ‘double victim’, as she had to move to Hawaii for privacy after being caught up in the media storm.
“She is a double victim – my victim and a victim of the press,” the Telegraph quoted Polanski as saying in the film, ‘Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir’.
“Everybody has made mistakes and I have made mistakes too, things that happened and I am sorry for that,” he added.
The married mother-of-three received a private apology from Polanski in 2009.