Roman Polanski is facing new sexual assault allegations. The 86-year-old film director is being accused of raping a French woman, Valentine Monnier, in 1975 when she was 18 at Polanski’s chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland, the Associated Press reported. Monnier consented to be identified when she told a French publication, Le Parisienher, her story.
Monnier, now 62, detailed the alleged assault saying that it occurred after the two finished a skiing together, adding the alleged attack was “extremely violent.” “I had no links with him, neither personal nor professional and hardly knew him,” Monnier told the paper.
Polanski’s attorney Hervé Temime claims that the Oscar-winning director “firmly denies all accusations of rape”, adding that the allegations “which date back 45 years have never been reported to judicial authorities.”
Polanski, whose second wife, actress Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Charles Manson “Family” in 1969, has not returned to the U.S. since leaving the country in 1978 after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape. He left the U.S. before sentencing.