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Frenchwoman accuses Polanski of raping her as a teen

A Frenchwoman on Friday accused Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, whose new film on the persecution of French Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus premieres next week, of raping her in a Swiss ski resort when she was a teenager. It is the latest accusation against the Polish-born director who fled to France in 1978 from the US after admitting the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. The 86-year-old has been a fugitive ever since from the US justice system, despite repeated attempts to have him extradited. Valentine Monnier told Le Parisien newspaper that the alleged rape occurred in 1975 when she was 18 at Polanski s chalet in Gstaad. I had no links with him, neither personal nor professional, and hardly knew him, Monnier, a former model who worked in New York, said. She said the alleged rape was extremely violent , adding: He pummelled me until I gave in and then raped me, making me do all sorts of things. Monnier, who acted in a few films in the 1980s, said she had finally .

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