Prosecutors are investigating a new sex crime allegation against the Polish-French director, Roman Polanski who is alleged to have raped a former German actress in Switzerland about 45 years ago when she was only 15 years old.
The prosecution office in St Gallen said on Wednesday, that the new charges were filed last week by a 61-year-old woman, Renate Langer and that the crime is said to have taken place in a chalet in Gstaad in the canton of Bern in late February 1972.
Roman Polanski had pleaded guilty in the United States in 1977 to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer who was aged 13 at the time but later fled the US before he could be sentenced for the crime.
He is still a fugitive in the United States as he has never returned to the country ever since.
The Guardian reports that Renate Langer is the fourth woman who has publicly accused Polanski of sexual assault.
In August, a woman identified only as Robin told a news conference in Los Angeles she was sexually victimised by the film director when she was 16, in 1973.She said she came forward because she wanted people to know Polanski had assaulted other women.
Prosecutors would have to decide whether the case will be taken up, or whether the alleged crime is time-barred because it happened a long time ago.
The 84-year-old director and Oscar winner attended the Zurich film festival in Switzerland last week but has reportedly left town.
The alleged victim said Polanski raped her in Switzerland and in Rome after she won a minor role in the film.
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