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Samantha Geimer, the woman named in the 1977 Hollywood sex scandal involving director Roman Polanski, has announced an upcoming book on Tuesday.
Geimer, now 47 years old, was a teenager during the scandal, and is writing "THE GIRL: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski."
In March 1977, Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles for six offenses against Geimer, then 13 years old. Rape by use of drugs, perversion, and other offenses were cited, but Polanski pleaded not guilty. He later accepted a plea bargain to a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, but fled the U.S. when he suspected the judge in the case was intent on giving him additional jail time.
In the years that followed, Geimer sued Polanski for sexual assault and emotional distress, and they eventually settled the lawsuit.
A press statement from Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, indicated that Geimer's memoir would be published in the fall 2013, according to Reuters.
"I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose- to share a take that in its detail will reclaim my identity," Geimer explained in a statement. "I am more than a 'Sex Victim Girl.'"
While the cost of the selling of the memoir has not been revealed, Geimer's attorney during the case, Lawrence Silver, said that the memoir will provide "insights on the many fascinating and even shocking legal aspects of the story."
Atria Books publisher Judith Curr added that "THE GIRL" will add closure for Geimer.
"Writing this book will finally lay to rest many ghosts from those years, and answer many questions that have remained unresolved," Curr told Yahoo News.
Polanski directed films such as "Rosemary's Baby," Oscar-winning "The Pianist," and "Chinatown," among others.