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Roman Polanski's Rape Victim Uses Striking Portrait Taken By Polanski As Memoir Cover

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The Woodland Hills woman who was raped by Roman Polanski at the age of 13 is releasing a memoir telling her full story: "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski."The memoir that comes out in September features a striking portrait of the young Samantha Geimer (then known as Samantha Gailey) taken by Polanski himself just weeks before he sexually assaulted her at Jack Nicholson's home in 1977, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At the time, Geimer was interested in getting into acting, so when Polanski asked her to do a photo shoot she thought it would be a good opportunity for her career. Polanski coaxed the 13-year-old into posing topless during one shoot and during another, he sexually assaulted her after giving her champagne and a quaalude. The photo being used for the cover of her memoir is her way of reclaiming her story, Geimer says.

Geimer was able to obtain the photos Polanski took through the civil suit she filed against him.

In 2003, Geimer said that she had no plans to write about the incident telling The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "I am not and never have thought about writing a book about this."

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But her assault has continued to be rehashed every time Polanski's name comes up or he is threatened with extradition. (Most recently, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's pressed for his extradition when he went to Switzerland in 2009.)

When Geimer announced that she was working on the memoir last year, she said, "I am more than a 'Sex Victim Girl' [and] I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose -- to share a tale that will reclaim my identity."