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Polanski victim tells Tarantino: Sexual assault was not consensual

Quentin Tarantino, 2016.
Quentin Tarantino, 2016.

Samantha Geimer says Quentin Tarantino was dead wrong to suggest she welcomed her sexual assault by Roman Polanski in 1977 — but she’s willing to cut the director some slack.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Geimer said she was surprised to wake up Tuesday and learn Tarantino had gone on Howard Stern’s radio show in 2003 and characterized her sexual assault at the age of 13 as a consensual encounter.

“He was wrong. I bet he knows it,” Geimer, 54, told The News, speaking of Tarantino.

“I hope he doesn’t make an a — of himself and keep talking that way,” she said.

“I’m not upset, but I would probably feel better if he realizes now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts,” she said. “Nobody has to be pissed off on my behalf. I’m OK.”

In 1977, Polanski was charged with drugging and raping Geimer. He later pled down to unlawful sex with a minor. Before sentencing, Polanski fled to Paris and has stayed in France since then.

In the Stern interview that resurfaced late Monday on Jezebel.com, Tarantino is heard defending Polanski’s actions in the criminal case that led to the “Chinatown” director’s conviction and ongoing fugitive status.

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape…he had sex with a minor. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down — it’s like one of the most violent crimes in the world,” Tarantino told Stern and the show’s co-host Robin Quivers.

“She wanted to have it,” Tarantino said.

“Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong,” Stern corrected him.

“Giving her booze and pills,” Quivers said.

“Look, she was down with this,” Tarantino argued, in 2003.

“He is obviously incorrect. Hopefully by now he knows that it didn’t happen that way,” Geimer told The News.

Now living in Hawaii, Geimer said she’s a fan of Tarantino’s work and is willing to forgive and forget considering his more recent comments supporting actress Uma Thurman and other victims of assault.

She doesn’t care if that’s not a popular opinion, either.

“It’s not a big deal to me what people think. It doesn’t make a difference in my life. I know what happened. I do not need other people weighing in on what it’s like getting raped at 13,” she told The News.

Geimer said she made peace with what happened by writing her 2013 book, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.”

She told The News in 2015 that she has forgiven Polanski, 84, for plying her with champagne and part of a quaalude before raping and sodomizing her at actor Jack Nicholson’s compound in the Hollywood Hills.

She said the six weeks Polanski served in prison during a court-ordered evaluation before he fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978 were enough for her.

“I have forgiven him and moved on,” she told The News in 2015. “He pled guilty, served his time, and I’m not quite sure what anyone expects beyond that. That’s satisfactory to me. It should be to everyone.”

Geimer said Tuesday that the Tarantino-penned flick “True Romance” is still one of her favorite movies.

“I like that kind of movie. I like his movies,” Geimer said. “Being a celebrity doesn’t make you a great guy.”

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