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Tarantino apologises to Polanski rape victim for 'ignorant'

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has apologised for an old interview where he insisted that Roman Polanski was not guilty of raping a minor.

The director's 2003 interview with resurfaced and attracted criticism from everyone, including rape victim

publicly apologised to Geimer, now 54, for "incorrectly" playing devil's

"I want to publicly apologise to for my cavalier remarks on Show speculating about her and the crime that was committed against her. Fifteen years later, I realise how wrong I was," he said in a statement to Indie Wire.

"Ms Geimer WAS raped by When Howard brought up Polanski, I incorrectly played devil's in the debate for the sake of being provocative. I didn't take Ms Geimer's feelings into consideration and for that I am truly sorry. So, Ms Geimer, I was ignorant, and insensitive, and above all, incorrect. I am sorry Samantha," he said.

In 1977, Polanski was charged with five counts of unlawful sexual intercourse against then 13-year-old Geimer.

Since he faced potential imprisonment and deportation, he fled to in 1978 where he couldn't be extradited.

Geimer criticised Tarantino, saying she hopes the has changed his perspective now.

"I'm not upset, but I would probably feel better if he realises now that he was wrong, after 15 years, after hearing the facts," she said.

In his interview with Stern, had defended Polanski.

"She wanted to have it. He didn't rape a 13-year-old. It was statutory rape. That's not quite the same thing," he had said.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 15:25 IST