Charlotte Lewis (born 7 August 1967) is an English actress.
Lewis made her film debut as a teenager in the 1986 Roman Polanski film Pirates. She followed it that same year with the female lead in The Golden Child alongside Eddie Murphy. Later appearances include the film Tripwire (1990) and Storyville (1992, opposite James Spader). She had a co-starring role in Men of War (1995, alongside Dolph Lundgren) and in the 1995 film Decoy. Lewis appeared in the 2003 film Hey DJ.
Accusations against PolanskiEdit
On 14 May 2010, Lewis and her Los Angeles-based attorney Gloria Allred accused Polanski of sexually assaulting the actress when she was 16 years old, while the two worked together on Pirates. Prosecutors in Los Angeles confirmed that they interviewed Lewis in connection with the allegations. According to Lewis, the alleged incident occurred at Polanski's apartment in Paris. In 1999, however, Lewis gave a very different account of events in an interview with the UK’s News of the World, which was unearthed by the French daily Libération. In that interview, Lewis asserted that she actually had a six-month tryst with Polanski when she was 17. “I knew that Roman had done something bad in the United States, but I wanted to ” Lewis said, according to Liberation. “I wanted him probably more than he wanted me.” Furthermore, Lewis never mentioned any sexual abuse, and she said that their relationship ended when Polanski introduced her to Warren Beatty, and she claimed that they soon began an affair. Furthermore, she appeared at the Cannes film festival on Polanski's arm years after the alleged incident, and in an interview the year of the film's release, Lewis asserted, “I’d love to have had a romantic relationship with [Polanski], and a physical one. You can’t help falling in love with him. But he didn’t want me that way.”
|1986||Pirates||María-Dolores de la Jenya de la Calde|
|1986||The Golden Child||Kee Nang|
|1988||Dial: Help||Jenny Cooper|
|1989||The Legend of the Emerald Princess||Emerald Princess||Short|
|1990||Stranger in the House|
|1993||Excessive Force||Anna Gilmour|
|1994||Lipstick Camera||Roberta Dailey|
|1994||Men of War||Loki|
|1995||Embrace of the Vampire||Sarah|
|1996||The Glass Cage||Jacqueline|
|1996||Navajo Blues||Elizabeth Wyako|
|1997||Mutual Needs||Louise Collier|
|1999||Every Dog Has Its Day||Jill|
|2003||Henry X||Mrs. Morgan|
|2019||Lost Angelas||Angie Malone|
|1978||Grange Hill||Samantha||TV series|
|1988||Crime Story||Mai Lan||"Femme Fatale"|
|1990–91||Broken Bridges||Priscilla Mather||Recurring role|
|1991||Bare Essentials||Tarita||TV film|
|1992||Sketch Artist||Leese||TV film|
|1993||Red Shoe Diaries||Claire||"Midnight Bells"|
|1996||Viper||Evangeline Raines||"White Fire"|
|1999||Highlander: The Raven||Jade||"The Frame"|
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