The woman Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with when she was 13 has penned a memoir to tell her story. Her name is Samantha Geimer and the books title is “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.”
The image on the cover is Geimer. Further: it is a photograph that Roman Polanksi took of her in 1977, three weeks before the notorious night that changed both of their lives.
The cover is a haunting close-up shot of the teenage Geimer (then known by her maiden name, Samantha Gailey), taken on Feb. 20, 1977, less than three weeks before Polanski drugged and raped her at Jack Nicholson‘s Mulholland Drive home during a modeling shoot when he also gave her alcohol and a quaalude.
But the photo comes with a surprising twist: It was taken by Polanski himself.
He took the pictures during his first photo session with Geimer, now 50, at her home in Woodland Hills, a session in which the director coaxed the young girl to pose topless for him in some of the shots.
Using the photo was part of Geimer’s strategy to reclaim her story.
Since the incident, the media has always illustrated the story with a picture of Polanski. Geimer finally wanted to put her own face on the story, and this picture reflected the starting point for her.