"Rape is a clock bomb. The memory does not fade. It becomes a ghost, it follows you and changes you without realizing it, "Monnier said.
The actress claims that she felt urged to speak now, more than 40 years after the incident, given that next week Polanski's latest film, J'Accuse, will be released in France.
The film, rewarded this year with the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and met with favorable reviews, has yet to find an American distributor, a sign of increasing pressure put on those accused of abuse in the #MeToo era.
The actress told Le Parisien that she had nothing to do with the director – neither personal nor professional – but that she only knew him when he was staying at his cottage, along with other friends, during a ski vacation.
"He hit me, beat me until I gave up and then raped me, doing all kinds of other things to me. I had just turned 18, "Monnier said, noting that the rape, which occurred after returning from skiing in one of the days, was extremely violent.
Polanski's lawyer, Herve Temime, told Le Parisien that the filmmaker, now 86, vehemently denies these allegations.
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