Fugitive filmmaker Roman Polanski -- who fled the U.S. and went to France in 1978 to avoid prison for his statutory rape conviction -- plans to return to the U.S., and is seeking assurances that he will not do jail time, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (February 17, 2017).
The award-winning director of "The Pianaist" and "Chinatown," claims he reached a plea deal in the case that would keep him out of prison, his attorney Harland Braun told AFP.
The Paris-born director was convicted of drugging Samantha Gailey -- who was 13 at the time and now uses the surname Geimer -- before raping her at film star Jack Nicholson's house in Los Angeles in 1977. Geimer has called for the charges against Polanski to be dropped.
Born in Paris in 1933 to Polish Jewish parents -- who later brought the family back to their native country -- Polanski saw his parents arrested by Nazis in Krakow's Jewish ghetto and sent to concentration camps.