Polanski accuser gave different version in previous interview
British actress Charlotte Lewis, who recently accused director Roman Polanski of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager, gave a quite different version of events in a 1999 interview, DPA reported.
Lewis, now aged 42, claimed Friday in Los Angeles, through her lawyer Gloria Allred, that Polanski had abused her in his Paris apartment when she was 16.
But in a lengthy interview published in the British newspaper News of the World on August 8, 1999, she declared that it was she who had pursued Polanski.
"I knew Roman had done something wrong in America, but I wasn't too sure what. Anyway, I was fascinated by him, and I wanted to be his lover," she said.
The 76-year-old Polanski is currently under house arrest in Switzerland, awaiting a decision by Swiss authorities on an extradition demand by US prosecutors.
The director of the recent critically acclaimed film The Ghost pleaded guilty in 1977 in California to unlawful intercourse with then 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.
It was thought that Lewis' accusations would play a key role in the case against him.
But in the 1999 interview, Lewis said she had gone to bed with him of her own free will.
"He'd already cast me in his film Pirates, so it wasn't like it was a casting couch thing where you have to sleep with someone to get the part," she said. "I wanted him probably more than he wanted me."
Lewis said she then seduced Warren Beatty, after Polanski made a wager with the American actor that he could not get her to sleep with him.
In the wide-ranging interview, Lewis also admitted that she had had paid sex with men at the age of 14.
"I don't how many men might have had sex with me for money," she said. "I was in a permanent haze. I was 14 and looking for excitement, yet I was so naive."
She accused a girlfriend of hers of arranging the meetings with the men.
"I'd have a vague notion of talking to some man, and my friend saying, 'You have to be nice to him'," she said.
"Perhaps I should have realised what was going on, but I didn't," Lewis said. "I craved excitement and I liked men. And although I knew sex was illegal because I was underage, I didn't consider it a crime."
In the interview, Lewis - who is probably best known for her role in the 1986 Eddie Murphy film The Golden Child - said that she also had affairs with actors Charlie Sheen and Mickey Rourke and the late rock star Michael Hutchence.