That's not quite what I read.
"Enough is enough. This matter should have been resolved 33 years ago," she said in an interview with The Times on Monday night.
The victim apparently did feel he should have been punished 33 years ago. At this point she seems to feel he is no longer a threat.
She also brought a civil lawsuit against Polanski, which does mean she claimed he injured her. And she received a monetary judgment against him.
The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in December, 1988, when the woman was 25, claims assault, battery, false imprisonment and seduction. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, seeks damages for physical and emotional distress.
It is not clear whether the woman ever received any money from Polanski
The New York Time
October 5, 2009
Polanski Civil Suit Outcome Unclear
By MICHAEL CIEPLY; Compiled by RACHEL LEE HARRIS
Roman Polanski was to pay at least $500,000 to Samantha Geimer, the victim in his 1977 child-sex case, under a settlement in a civil suit Ms. Geimer later filed against him, The Los Angeles Times reported over the weekend. Mr. Polanski agreed to the settlement in 1993, but as of 1996 had not made the payment, according to court records provided to the news media in response to requests for access to the old case. It remained unclear whether the settlement was ever paid, though Ms. Geimer was still trying to collect as of 1996, by which time accrued interest had pushed the amount to more than $600,000, according to the court records.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/05/movies/05arts-POLANSKICIVI_BRF.html
Her opinion that Polanski should now be forgiven may indicate that he eventually paid her.
This is from the Grand Jury testimony for the case...
Two weeks after Polanski plied her with Champagne and a Quaalude, Samantha Gailey appeared before an L.A. grand jury and recalled Polanski's predatory behavior in a Mulholland Canyon home owned by Jack Nicholson.
The teenager's troubling--and contemporaneous--account of her abuse at Polanski's hands begins with her posing twice for topless photos that the director said were for French Vogue. The girl then told prosecutors how Polanski directed her to, "Take off your underwear" and enter the Jacuzzi, where he photographed her naked. Soon, the director, who was then 43, joined her in the hot tub. He also wasn't wearing any clothes and, according to Gailey's testimony, wrapped his hands around the child's waist.
The girl testified that she left the Jacuzzi and entered a bedroom in Nicholson's home, where Polanski sat down beside her and kissed the teen, despite her demands that he "keep away." According to Gailey, Polanski then performed a sex act on her and later "started to have intercourse with me." At one point, according to Gailey's testimony, Polanski asked the 13-year-old if she was "on the pill," and "When did you last have your period?" Polanski then asked her, Gailey recalled, "Would you want me to go in through your back?" before he "put his penis in my butt." Asked why she did not more forcefully resist Polanski, the teenager told Deputy D.A. Roger Gunson, "Because I was afraid of him."
Following his indictment on various sex charges, Polanski agreed to a plea deal that spared him prison time (he had spent about 45 days in jail during a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation). But when it seemed that a Superior Court judge might not honor the deal--and sentence Polanski to prison--the director fled the country.
You can read the 36 page Grand Jury transcript at the above link. The Grand Jury indicted Polanski on charges of giving a drug to a minor, committing a lewd act upon a person less than 14, rape of a minor, rape by use of a drug, oral copulation and sodomy, all felonies.
Five months later, in a deal requested by the girl’s mother, Polanski pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The mother endorsed the plea arrangement in order to spare her daughter the ordeal of what would surely have been a highly publicized trial. The court accepted the plea bargain but also ordered Polanski to undergo examination by two court-appointed psychiatrists to determine if he should be institutionalized as a "mentally disordered sex offender." The other charges were dropped. Deportation of Polanski as an undesirable alien was also discussed.
According to the woman...
Is it any wonder that other underage women, he might have sexually abused, might be reluctant to come forward? The media exposure alone can be like another violation for the victim. When the victim is a minor, this can be devastating.
If this was some anonymous Joe Blow, without money or influence, no one would feel the case should just be dropped. Equal justice under the law means Polanski's social status, influence, or talent should not matter. He did admit to sexually abusing this child and he fled the country before sentencing could be imposed. He needs to face the music now.