Polanski Rape Happened at Nicholson's Pad

And other things you didn't know about the fugitive director
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 4:26 PM CDT
Polanski may be a rapist, but he's also a Holocaust survivor.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
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(Newser) – Think you know everything about Roman Polanski? You’re probably wrong. AskMen.com compiles a list of surprising tidbits about the headline-grabbing statutory rapist:

  • It happened at Jack Nicholson’s house: Somehow lost in the hubbub was the fact that the crime took place at Nicholson’s home, where Polanski took victim Samantha Geimer after a photo shoot.

  • He’s a Holocaust survivor: Polanski and his family were imprisoned in Poland’s infamous Krakow ghetto. He escaped through some cut wires before the Jews there were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz.
  • He once testified in British court by video link: He filed a libel suit in Britain, but couldn’t go there because of its extradition treaty with the US.
  • He judged a Miss Universe pageant: He helped choose the pageant’s first Israeli winner.