Hollywood darling Roman Polanski — one of the directors deeply admired by Meryl Streep and the man whom Kate Winslet had no qualms working for — has now been accused of sexually assaulting five more women, raising the number of his alleged victims to ten. These ten accusations stand on top of the one case of Polanski drugging and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl, to which he pleaded guilty and for which he has been a fugitive from justice ever since.
The accusers, currently only named as "Jane Does" were aged between 9 and 16 when the alleged assaults took place between 1969 and 1976.
Jane Doe #1 revealed how she met Polanski in Gstaad, Switzerland, during a dinner with her father, who worked in the film business, in 1976, when she was 15.
During the meal - which she said was attended by Jack Nicholson and his then girlfriend Anjelica Huston - Polanski molested the teen under the table without anybody knowing.
"It took me many years to understand I was abused," wrote this Jane Doe. "This part of him touching me is very vivid in my memory. I will never forget that."
Matan Uziel, who is with the Real Women Real Stories campaign group and helped create the site just a few days ago, will be working with women to verify their claims to the police.
“Already five new accusers have been in touch with us through the imetpolanski.com — in just a matter of days," said Uziel. "They all seem very authentic and believable. I am now working to help verify the stories with the women — trying to find information and evidence to help prove the claims but obviously it is difficult because these incidents happened so long ago."
On its homepage, the site lays out its mission: "to put Roman Polanski in jail where he belongs."
We can't bear the thought of another woman's or girl's innocence taken away by him. Age and prison time do not cure paedophilia. Polanski has a long history of rampant sexual abuse. We want to hear your stories about Roman Polanski and other predatory men who have been using their positions of power and influence to sexually abuse and harass women.
This site is dedicated for all the other victims of Roman Polanski, who were afraid to tell what happened years ago — but now, can tell their story knowing that it will not go unheard and will be shared to give others courage around the globe to put Roman Polanski in jail where he belongs.
This unspeakable behavior towards women has to stop. All tips, once verified will be sent to law enforcement authorities and with permission will be shared anonymously on this site.
The accusations follow that of California artist Marianne Barnard, who recently accused Polanski of molesting her on a beach in Malibu when she was just ten years old.
Hollywood awarded Roman Polanski an Oscar for Best Director in 2002 for The Pianist, despite the director having already admitted to raping a 13-year-old girl.