In 2017, a German former actress, Renate Langer,accused Mr. Polanski of raping her in 1972, when she was 15, also in his Gstaad chalet. Swiss prosecutorsdeclined to pursue a rape investigationin that case, citing statute of limitations laws.
Polanski has also been accused of sexual abuseby the British actress Charlotte Lewis, who said in 2010 that the director abused her in 1983, when she was 16; andby a woman publicly identified only as Robin, who in 2017 said that he had “sexually victimized” her in 1973, when she was 16.
Also in 2017, an artist, Marianne Barnard , accused Mr. Polanski of molesting her in 1975, when she was 10. The director said at the time that he rejected the “unfounded allegations.”
He remains wanted in the United States over the case involving the 13 -year-old, Samantha Geimer, but France does not extradite its citizens. Judges havedenied multiple requestsfrom the director to drop the decades-old case.
Feminist groups in France have regularlystaged protestsagainst Mr. Polanski, including outside a retrospective of his career at the prestigious Cinémathèque in October 2017.
Although Ms. Monnier first spoke t publicly on Friday, she had long made her story known to those close to her, she told Le Parisien. She said she also written about her accusation to France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, to the culture minister and to the junior minister for gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, in 2018.
Schiappa, in turn, wrote a letter to Ms. Schiappa Monnier in March of that year, which The New York Times has obtained.