London, May 15 (ANI): British actress Charlotte Lewis has alleged that Roman Polanski sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
The director is currently fighting to avoid extradition to the US on child sex charges in another case.
Lewis, who appeared in Polanski’s 1986 film Pirates, appeared at a press conference in Los Angeles to claim that she was abused by Polanski “in the worst possible way” at his home in Paris in 1982, while he was a fugitive from his 1977 rape trial in the US.
She claimed that the director “forced himself upon me” in his apartment in Paris.
Allred said that her client was “ready to testify under oath if and when that is necessary”.
Lewis, who read from a prepared statement, said that she had travelled from London to give a statement to prosecutors in Los Angeles and inform that the 1977 alleged rape is not the only incident that Polanski’s lawyers have claimed he was involved in.
“I am also a victim of Roman Polanski. He sexually abused me in the worst possible way when I was just 16 years old, four years after he fled the United States to avoid sentencing for his crimes.
“Mr Polanski knew I was only 16 years old when he met me and forced himself upon me in his apartment in Paris. He took advantage of me and I have lived with the effects of his behavior ever since it occurred,” The Times quoted her as saying.
She added that she wanted him to “get what he deserves” but refrained from mentioning details of the incident or the effect it had had on her life.
Polanski pleaded guilty in 1978 to unlawful sexual intercourse with Samantha Geimer but he fled the country before sentencing.
Polanski was taken into custody in Switzerland in September on a US warrant and remains there under house arrest at his home in Gstaad on 4.5-million-dollar bail. (ANI)