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Girl raped by director Polanski tells of impact on life

17 September 2013 Last updated at 09:39 BST

In the late 1970s the film director Roman Polanski admitted to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. He spent 42 days in prison then fled the United States because he feared being given a longer sentence. He was rearrested in Switzerland in 2009 and spent months in prison and under house arrest before being released.

Much has been said and written about what happened, but we have hardly heard anything from the girl herself. Now the woman at the centre of the decades-old scandal, Samantha Geimer, has written a book about how the event changed her life.

She told HARDTalk's Sarah Montague she feels the media and legal circus that followed was more painful than what happened that night.

Watch more clips at HARDtalk's website

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Tuesday 17 September at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel on Wednesday 18 September at 00:30 BST.

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