Already surrounded by a storm of accusations, director Roman Polanski faces another sexual abuse accusation. A second accuser stepped forward Friday with claims that the director sexually abused her decades ago in Paris when she was 16.
A London-based actress named Charlotte Lewis claims she was sexually abused by the Polish-born director Roman Polanski in his Paris apartment when she was 16, according to reports from multiple U.S. papers including The Associated Press, E! Online, AFP, and ABC News.
Polanski hit by fresh sex crime allegations
Speaking at a news conference Friday in Los Angeles, the English actress alleged Polanski abused her decades ago while she was working on the film Pirates in 1982, when she was all of 16-year-old, the tabloids report.
Lewis, now 42, alleged the incident took place in the embattled director's Paris apartment, just four years after he fled the U.S. to avoid sentencing for unlawful intercourse with a 13-year-old, reports E!.
In the press conference, the alleged victim of Polanski requested justice against the Oscar-winning director for allegedly forcing her to have sex with him
“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,” Lewis said, reading from a prepared statement at a news conference in her lawyer, Gloria Allred's office.
"Mr. Polanski knew that I was only 16 years old when he met me and forced himself upon me in his apartment in Paris," she added.
Lewis wants justice
In the press conference, the alleged victim of Polanski requested justice against the Oscar-winning director for allegedly forcing to have sex with him, reports the AP.
"He took advantage of me and I have lived with the effects of his behavior ever since it occurred," said Lewis, best known for her leading role opposite Eddie Murphy in the 1986 adventure comedy "The Golden Child." "All I want is justice."
The Polanski saga
Lewis’ allegations could further complicate the situation for Polanski, who faces allegation of raping a minor girl in 1977.
Polanski, who was arrested by Swiss police in September at the behest of American authorities, is currently under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad, and is fighting extradition to the United States for a case of sexual abuse of Samantha Geimer, the first woman who sued him for abuse.
The director of movies like "The Pianist" and "Rosemary's Baby," Polanski was accused of raping the teenaged aspiring model Samantha Geimer, who was 13 at the time, after plying her with champagne and a Quaalude pill during a modeling shoot in 1977.
He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including sexual assault by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy.
He pleaded guilty to having sex with the minor girl in 1977 but fled the United States on Feb. 1, 1978, the day he was to be sentenced.
Polanski was arrested at the request of the United States when he flew into Switzerland on Sept. 26 to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival in Zurich.
Roman’s legal team has no info about fresh allegations
Meanwhile, Polanski's U.S. lawyers, who have argued judicial misconduct three decades ago, released a statement on Friday, saying they have no information about the allegations that were made by Lewis at the press conference, reports ABC News.
"We don't have any information about statements made at a Gloria Allred press conference today, but we do know that our (Los Angeles) District Attorney continues to refuse to provide the Swiss government with accurate and complete information relevant to the extradition issue," read the statement.
A Los Angeles County District Attorney's office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons acknowledged the British actress Lewis met with a prosecutor handling Polanski's 33-year-old sex case involving another girl, but did not offer further details.