Samantha Geimer, the woman who accused Roman Polanski of rape in the United States, said Tuesday during a presentation of her memoir in Paris that she had forgiven the filmmaker "a long time ago."

Geimer, who was 13 years old when the incident occurred in 1977, tells her story in a book called "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski," which she says she wrote to tell the truth in her own words.

"I never thought I would write this book, nor that I would want to. I kept quiet for years and tried to remain anonymous, but the case got very intense for my family. I wanted to defend myself," Geimer said in an interview with i-Tele.

She said the filmmaker was guilty of "unlawful sex with a minor," for which he was committed to three months in prison for "evaluation," though he was let out after just 47 days.

In late 1978, the day after a meeting between his attorneys and a judge who let it be known that he wanted to send him back to jail, Polanski, free on bail, boarded a plane to Europe, and since then has been a fugitive from U.S. justice.

Geimer, who is married with children and says she is leading a normal life these days, recalled being "terrorized" by her sexual encounter with Polanski.

In 2009, Polanski wrote her a letter of apology, Geimer said.

"I didn't expect it, but I liked getting it. I never had the feeling that he owed me an explanation, but it was meaningful for my family," Geimer said. EFE