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1977: Roman Polanski charged with rape

VIDEO : Polanski jumps bail

Film director Roman Polanski has been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl at the home of Hollywood star Jack Nicholson.

The 43-year-old, who is out on bail, will appear in a Los Angeles court next week.

He could receive a prison sentence of up to 50 years if he is found guilty.

Polanski is facing four charges including rape, sodomy, child molestation and giving drugs to a minor.

According to Los Angeles Police, the rape took place after a photograph shoot at Mr Nicholson's home.

Polanski was later arrested at a hotel in Beverley Hills after the child's mother went to the police.

She said that her daughter had been taken to the Nicholson home on the understanding that she was being photographed for the French edition of Vogue.

But the mother later revealed that her 13-year-old child had been raped.

Police also raided Mr Nicholson's home and arrested his girlfriend Angelica Huston, daughter of film director John Huston, after she was found to be in possession of a small amount of cocaine. She too was later freed on bail.

Mr Nicholson was not in town at the time and Los Angeles Police said he was in no way connected with the events.

Polanski was the husband of actress Sharon Tate, who was one of seven people murdered by the Charles Manson family in 1969.

Born in Paris but raised in Poland, he suffered a tragic childhood - his Jewish mother was taken to Auschwitz concentration camp and killed in the gas chambers, his father survived Mauthausen concentration camp and Polanski himself managed to escape the Cracow ghetto.

His most famous film is Rosemary's Baby, a horror fantasy in which Mia Farrow gives birth to Satan's child.

Polanski's last major assignment was as guest editor for last year's final issue of the French edition of Vogue.

It featured a gallery of leading actresses.

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