German woman alleges Roman Polanski raped her in 1972

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Geneva— Swiss authorities say they have received a complaint from a German woman alleging that famed filmmaker Roman Polanski raped her 45 years ago in Gstaad, Switzerland, while she was in her mid-teens.

Police and the state prosecutor's office in the northern city of St. Gallen say Renate Langer, 61, issued the complaint over the alleged rape in February 1972 in a city police station on 26 September.

Police spokesperson Florian Schneider said it was unclear why Langer filed the complaint in the city as Gstaad is inside the judicial jurisdiction of the Bern region.

The St. Gallen prosecutor's office said the case will be transferred Wednesday to the "appropriate authorities" in Bern.

The Polish-born filmmaker fled the US in 1978 after forcing himself on a teenage girl a year earlier.

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