The woman who was sexually assaulted by filmmaker Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was just 13 years old is asking Los Angeles Superior Court to drop the case.
"I'm just here to try and get things resolved — not on Roman's behalf, but on the behalf of a fair justice system," Samantha Geimer said outside court Friday morning. "I'm going to ask for the case to be resolved in a fair manner, because the justice system is more important than any one person's crime."
She added: "It just wasn't as traumatic for me as everyone thinks it was."
The assault happened during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson's Los Angeles home.
Polanski, now 83, fled the United States to France in 1978 before his sentencing. He has lived in Europe ever since.
Geimer has asked authorities in the past to drop the case but Friday's appearance in superior court was her first formal request to do so in the past 40 years.
Polanski last won an Oscar in 2003,Best Director for The Pianist. He did not fly to America to attend the ceremony.