Artist claims Roman Polanski molested her at age 10

  • Female artist Marianne Barnard has come forward with sex abuse claims against disgraced director Roman Polanski
  • Barnard voiced the allegations while speaking in a new interview with The Sun this week
  • She said she worked up the courage to finally break her silence after feeling inspired by actresses like Rose McGowan and a manifold of others
  • Barnard claims ex-convict Polanski snapped photographs of her naked body while she was wearing a bikini and he asked her to change into an open fur coat
  • The incident happened on a beach in Malibu, California back in 1975 
  • Barnard has since created a petition page calling for The Academy to drop Polanski after four other woman accused him of sexual abuse

By Jessa Schroeder For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:22 EDT, 20 October 2017 | Updated: 23:48 EDT, 20 October 2017

A female artist has come forward with shocking new claims suggesting disgraced movie director and child rapist Roman Polanski sexually abused her at the age of 10.

Marianne Barnard voiced the allegations while speaking in a new interview with The Sun this week - when she said she worked up the courage to finally break her silence after feeling inspired from actresses like Rose McGowan and a manifold of others.

Barnard claims ex-convict Polanski snapped photographs of her naked body while she was wearing a bikini and asked her to change into an open fur coat on a beach in Malibu, California back in 1975.

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California artist Marianne Barnard has come forward alleging Roman Polanski sexually abused her when she was 10
California artist Marianne Barnard has come forward alleging Roman Polanski sexually abused her when she was 10

California artist Marianne Barnard has come forward alleging Roman Polanski sexually abused her when she was 10

Barnard said she believed the beach photographs were being taken for a magazine
Barnard said she believed the beach photographs were being taken for a magazine

Barnard (pictured left and right as a younger girl) said she believed the beach photographs were being taken for a magazine

Polanski, 84, has since fled the United States. He is said to be working currently on a movie in Poland
Polanski, 84, has since fled the United States. He is said to be working currently on a movie in Poland

Polanski, 84, has since fled the United States. He is said to be working currently on a movie in Poland

The Santa Barbara-born artist said her mother initiated the meeting, and brought her to a beach near their home, where she would meet Polanski for a photo shoot.

'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,' Barnard 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.'

The impressionable Barnard said she believed the beach photographs were being snapped for a magazine.

'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,' she said, according to The Sun report.

'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.'

Barnard decided to finally break her silence after getting inspiration from actresses like Rose McGowan and others
Barnard decided to finally break her silence after getting inspiration from actresses like Rose McGowan and others
She claims ex-convict Polanski snapped photos of her naked body while she was wearing a bikini and he asked her to change into an open fur coat on a beach in Malibu, California in 1975
She claims ex-convict Polanski snapped photos of her naked body while she was wearing a bikini and he asked her to change into an open fur coat on a beach in Malibu, California in 1975

Barnard decided to finally break her silence after getting inspiration from actresses like Rose McGowan and others

Barnard voiced details on the incident to her Twitter page and Care 2 Petition 
Barnard voiced details on the incident to her Twitter page and Care 2 Petition 

Barnard voiced details on the incident to her Twitter page and Care 2 Petition 

Barnard is the fifth woman to come forward with sexual molestation claims, which include the first incident from the 1970's - when Polanski pled guilty to statutory rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.

'Polanski was charged with five crimes - including rape by use of drugs - but took a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to 'unlawful sexual intercourse' in return for prosecutors dropping the five charges,' according to the newspaper.

Three other woman have since come forward - one in 2010 and two as of recently in 2017, alleging sexual abuse incidents at the time they were minors.

Polanski, 84, has since fled the United States. He is said to be working currently on a film in Poland.

Barnard created a petition against the Oscar Award-winning director, urging for Polanski to be kicked out of The Academy.

'The board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently voted to revoke the membership of film producer, Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting countless women for nearly 30 years,' Barnard wrote.

'It is a small consequence for him considering his crimes and the great amount of harm he has caused me and his other victims.'

As of Friday night, the petition reached 11,773 signatures out of its 12,000 goal.

Barnard also took to her Twitter page to thank her supporters.

'I’m thankful for the global outpouring of love & encouragement since I came forward about Polanski sexually molesting me #SilenceIsTheEnemy,' she wrote.

The petition nearly reached it's goal of 12,000 signatures by Friday night
The petition nearly reached it's goal of 12,000 signatures by Friday night

The petition nearly reached it's goal of 12,000 signatures by Friday night


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