Roman Polanski denies rape allegation by Valentine Monnier

Roman Polanski denies rape allegation by Valentine Monnier

Roman Polanski has denied a new claim that he raped a French actress in the 1970s.

The latest in a series of sexual assault accusations against the director, comes from Valentine Monnier.

The 86-year-old filmmaker has rejected the allegation, threatening to sue, reports BBC NEWS.

In an open letter published by French newspaper Le Parisien, Monnier said he tried to make her swallow a pill during the alleged attack, and later made a tearful apology while demanding a promise she never tell anyone.

“I thought I was going to die,” she wrote.

The Oscar-winning director’s lawyer Herve Temime told AFP in a statement he “disputes in the strongest terms this rape accusation”.

“We are working on the legal action to bring against this publication,” he added.

Polanski admitted unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 and served 42 days in prison, but later fled the US over concern that a plea bargain deal would be scrapped.

The Oscar-winning director, who is a citizen of Poland and of France, has been a fugitive since.