Actress Claims Roman Polanski Sexually Abused Her

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski might be in for more trouble after an English actress came out to claim that he “forced himself” upon her in the 1980s. Actress Charlotte Lewis said in a prepared statement that Polanski sexually abused her in his apartment even though he knew that she was only 16 years old at the time.

“Mr. Polanski knew that I was only 16 years old when he met me and forced himself upon me in his apartment in Paris,” Lewis said in Los Angeles on May 14. She was accompanied by Hollywood attorney Gloria Allred when she made the accusation in a press conference. The accusation comes as U.S. authorities are working on Polanski’s extradition from Switzerland. The 76-year-old director is set to be sentenced for his 1977 sexual-abuse case, which stemmed from his having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Lewis said she came out to bolster the ongoing case against Polanski. The 42-year-old actress has not filed a case in court. Lewis starred in Polanski’s 1986 film “Pirates,” a few years after the alleged sexual abuse took place. Among her film credits are 1986’s “The Golden Child” with Eddie Murphy and 1995’s “Men of War,” where she co-starred with Dolph Lundgren. She also appeared in the July 1993 issue of Playboy.