Marianne Barnard said she was inspired to tell her story by all the women who have made allegations about Harvey Weinstein and she now hopes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revokes Polanski’s membership.
Speaking for the first time, Marianne Barnard said she was inspired to tell her harrowing story of abuse by actress Rose McGowan and all the other women who had come forward and made allegations about shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Marianne, an artist from Santa Barbara, California, said she was taken to meet Polanski at a beach by her mother in 1975, which is when the molestation took place.
“The beach is south of where a restaurant called Ted’s El Rancho used to be at the bottom of Coastline Drive and Pacific Coast Highway near where I grew up in Malibu,” she said.
“There was a group of rocks there and he took the photographs of me on those rocks.
“At first I had the understanding I was just going to the beach with my mom. We were there for a little while by ourselves and then he was there.”
She added: “And she explained that this man wanted to take pictures of me in this fur coat. I thought it was to go into a magazine or something.
“I had on a bikini and I thought that it was a modelling shoot – I had modelled as a child so this wasn’t out of the ordinary for me.
“First he was taking pictures of me in the bikini, then it was with the coat then he said take off the bikini top, which I was comfortable with as I was only 10 and I often ran around with no top on.
“But then he wanted me to take my bikini bottoms off – I started to feel very uncomfortable. Then at some point I realized my mom had gone. I don’t know where she went and I didn’t really register her leaving but she was no longer there. Then he molested me.”
Her petition: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/en-ca/520/798/296/roman-polanski-sexually-abused-me-when-i-was-10.-the-oscars-must-denounce-him/
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