"I said I wanted to go home because I needed to take my medicine. . . . He said, 'Yeah, I'll take you home soon.'
"I was going, 'No, I think I better go home,' because I was afraid. So I just went and I sat down on the couch' " in an adjoining bedroom.
She said he started kissing her and then pulled off her panties. Gunson asked her if she felt "under the influence" at the time, and why.
"Yes. . . . I can barely remember anything that happened," she said.
"Is there any other reason?"
"No, I was just kind of dizzy, you know, like things were kind of blurry sometimes. I was having trouble with my coordination, like walking and stuff."
She said he started performing oral sex on her and then moved to intercourse.
"He goes, 'Are you on the pill?' And I went, 'No.' And he goes, 'When did you last have your period?' And I said, 'I don't know. . . . He goes, 'Would you want me to go in through your back?' And I went, 'No.' "
She said a woman -- later identified as Nicholson's then-girlfriend, Anjelica Huston -- came home and Polanski stopped briefly to talk to her through a crack in the door. "I got up and put my underwear on and started walking toward the door. . . . He sat me back down again. . . . Then he started to have intercourse with me again and then he just stopped."
On the drive home, Samantha said he told her "something like, 'This is our little secret.' "
The grand jury deliberated just 23 minutes. The panel returned with an indictment of Polanski on six counts: furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, lewd and lascivious act upon child under 14, perversion, sodomy, unlawful sexual intercourse, rape by use of drugs.
'Lack of coercion'
Polanski pleaded not guilty April 15, and the case was transferred to the Santa Monica courtroom of Judge Laurence J. Rittenband.
In a pretrial hearing, Polanski's attorney, Douglas Dalton, indicated that he would delve into Samantha's sex history and seek a psychiatric evaluation of her. "The facts indicate that before the alleged act in this case, this girl had engaged in sexual activity," Dalton told the media. "We want to know about it, we want to know who was involved, when. We want to know why these other people were not prosecuted. And this is a thing we want to fully develop."
The European media wanted to develop this too. They went to Samantha's school and house, talked to her friends, trying to learn more about the girl whose allegations threatened to bring down a veritable cult figure in Europe, where Polanski was not-so-secretly dating a 15-year-old girl, Nastassja Kinski, with no public outcry, no arrest. Samantha was cast as the temptress.
Her attorney told the court that Samantha did not want to go through a trial.
Things were looking bleak for Polanski as well. Vogue Hommes denied that he had any assignment, according to his autobiography. Anjelica Huston, who could put him in the bedroom with the girl, agreed to testify against him in exchange for a cocaine possession charge against her being dropped (from the search of Nicholson's home).
The day before trial was to begin in August, the attorneys announced Polanski would plead guilty to "unlawful intercourse with a minor" in return for dropping of the more serious charges.
Samantha's attorney, Lawrence Silver, wrote the judge urging him to accept the plea deal. He said his client's goal was not to seek "the incarceration of the defendant, but rather, the admission by him of wrongdoing. . . ."