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On The Lot: Samantha Geimer, JK Rowling's latest, Bob Newhart




Samantha Geimer in 1977, the year she was raped by film director Roman Polanski.
Samantha Geimer in 1977, the year she was raped by film director Roman Polanski.
Written by Samantha Geimer, Published by Atria Books

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Samantha Geimer was 13 years old in 1977 when film director Roman Polanski allegedly drugged and raped her.  Polanski pled guilty to a lesser charge and then fled to Europe, where he's remained.

Geimer tried to build a private life, but her connection to Polanski and the rape made her something of a public figure.

Now she's written a book about her experience.  Our On The Lot regular, Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times, writes about Geimer in today's paper.  She says, in some way, Geimer seems more upset with some members of the media, who have portrayed her as a "weak victim", more than she is at Polanski.

Also in On The Lot, the author J.K. Rowling signs a big deal with Warner Bros., and the seventh time is the charm for comic Bob Newhart.  The 84-year-old actor won his first Emmy award at a ceremony last night.