Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer) was 13 when Polaski sexually abused her. The director was initially charged of rape by the use of drugs, perversion and sodomy. Later these charges were quashed under his plea bargain and he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
The 45-year-old Geimer had been living a settled and peaceful life with her husband and three children on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, until she found out Polanski had been arrested. The Telegraph quoted her 20-year-old son Jaimi, as saying: "She's sick of it. She was at a family reunion when all this blew up again.
“She's told us to just hunker down until she gets back and it's up to her whether she wants to say anything about it. She'll be distraught that it's been dragged up again. It should have been finished and she just wants it to go away but by arresting him it's all come back again," said a neighbour.
"She lives a quiet life here and doesn't want that ruined. She doesn't want anything to do with it anymore and I'm sure if they want her to give evidence or anything like that she wouldn't," the neighbour added.
After saying in a 2008 interview that Polanski should be forgiven, Geimer made an appeal in the court earlier this year asking charges against him to be dismissed.