In rare interview, US director Roman Polanski talks about his 1977 sex crime conviction
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Acclaimed director Roman Polanski, in a rare interview published Thursday, shares his frustrations and feelings about being the object of hatred due to a complicated legal case stemming from a sex crime more than 30 years ago.
Polanski, 80, the Polish-French director of films such as Rosemary's Baby (1968) and 2002's Oscar-winning The Pianist, pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer during a photo shoot, fuelled by champagne and drugs.
He served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain in 1977, but fled the US in 1978 after believing the judge hearing his case could put him in jail for up to 50 years.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, he said he felt more persecuted after he was arrested in 2009 in Switzerland at the request of the United States than he did when he was convicted of the crime.