Roman Polanski Rape Victim on Surviving the Media Spotlight

We knew this was going to be a good conversation. Conducted Monday September 23 at KPCC 89.9 FM’s Crawford Family Center facility, the chat featured LA Times film reporter Rebecca Keegan interviewing Samantha Geimer about her new book The Girl.

They were joined at one point by the author’s attorney Lawrence Silver, who shared some expert opinion about Polanski legal dealings. Geimer responded to accusations by Nancy Grace that she was a “weak victim” and urged others who find themselves in the middle of a controversial case like hers to remember they are the masters of their fate:

“You don’t have to submit [to the media]. You don’t have to parade yourself around for show. You’re not entertainment. These people aren’t going to help you. So you don’t have to do it if you don’t want it.”

Geimer is very articulate, and in keeping with the advice dispensed above, has come through all this remarkably well. During the audience questions portion, Silver recalled the fallout during the original case of a sentencing hearing being accidentally scheduled on the anniversary of Sharon Tate‘s murder .

[Photo of Polanski at 2013 Cannes Film Festival: Jaguar PS/]