Hollywood actress Anjelica Huston has revealed details about the day she caught director Roman Polanski with a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s home.
Polanski, director of Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, had allegedly drugged and raped teenager Samantha Geimer in a scandal that threw the spotlight onto Hollywood’s seedy underbelly.
He denied rape but admitted unlawful sexual intercourse, but fled to France hours before he was due to be sentenced, fearing he would be imprisoned or deported.
In extracts from her autobiography published in the Sunday Times Magazine, Huston recounts the moment in 1977 when she returned home to find Polanksi with the teen.
She said she spotted the director’s jacket and cameras in the kitchen and called out looking for him.
She said: “A short while later, Roman and a girl came around the corner, he introduced me to her and said they had been taking pictures.”
Huston, 63, who was going out with Nicholson at the time, said she did not give the encounter a second thought until plain-clothed detectives raided her home the next day.
She said: “They followed me upstairs and I showed them some grass in a drawer.
“At that point they went through my bag, where they found a gram of cocaine.
“That seemed enough evidence for them. Roman and I were bundled into the back of two separate police cars. We were under arrest.”
She added: “After that there were newspaper articles, photos, repercussions. Roman was charged with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at Jack’s house.”
Oscar winner Polanski has continued to make films and work with some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
But he has not stepped foot on American soil since he fled in 1978 as he is still wanted by the US authorities.
Anjelica Huston’s book Watch Me — A Memoir is out this week.
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