Polanski teen pens memoir
The former teen whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with — leading to one of Hollywood’s most notorious scandals and the director’s flight from the US — is writing a memoir. Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski. Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced on Tuesday that the book will come out next fall. According to Atria, Geimer will provide “insight into many dimensions of the story that have never previously been revealed.” “I am more than ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ a tag the media pinned on me,” Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski’s victim, said in a statement released through Atria. “My friends in junior-high [school], scolded by their parents to stay away from that girl, also labeled me. I offer my story now without rage, but with purpose — to share a tale that in its detail will reclaim my identity... ”
Man tries to be imprisoned
A man tried to rob a bank of US$1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby, police said. Jeffrey McMullen, a 50-year-old regular customer of an AmeriServ bank in the western Pennsylvania town of Northern Cambria, handed notes to two tellers on Friday demanding one dollar, according to a police complaint reported by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown. The tellers thought it was a joke, police said. Police say McMullen apparently wanted to be prosecuted federally so he could be taken to a prison in central Pennsylvania. Police could not immediately say why. McMullen awaits a preliminary hearing, and court records did not list an attorney. Under terms set by a Northern Cambria district judge, he must undergo a mental evaluation and post US$50,000 bail in order to be released from jail. One note given to tellers said, “FBI custody. Preferbly [sic] Loretto Pennsylvania. No press. Seal all files,” according to the complaint. Police took that to be a request that McMullen hoped authorities would not publicize his case. The other said, “Federal bank robbery. Please hand over US$1.00.”
Wind stops Red Bull dive
An Austrian daredevil called off his death-defying skydive from a balloon 37km over the New Mexico desert on Tuesday because of winds at the launch site. Felix Baumgartner, a 43-year-old helicopter pilot, hot-air balloonist and professional skydiver, had been preparing to break a longstanding altitude record. However, his team announced the launch had been aborted moments after Baumgartner’s balloon was set to carry him aloft over Roswell, New Mexico. “Mission aborted due to gusty winds,” a statement on the Web site of sponsor Red Bull said. It gave no details and it was not immediately clear when a new launch attempt might be made. Winds were about 27kph when the launch was called off at 1:43pm.
Convicted sheriff keeps job
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will keep his job despite his conviction in a domestic violence case involving his Venezuelan actress wife. Four members of the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night to allow Mirkarimi to remain in office. The decision came nearly seven months after Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment stemming from a dispute with his wife, Eliana Lopez. Prosecutors originally charged Mirkarimi with misdemeanor domestic violence, but dropped that and other counts in exchange for his plea.