House Arrest, 1972

In 2002, Polish-French filmmaker Roman Polanski, center, won the festival's top honor — the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award — for his film The Pianist, but besides his professional achievements, he's probably equally known for his controversial past.

In 1969, his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson family. Then in 1977 he was arrested and plead guilty in the US for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, so he fled to Europe to avoid sentencing. Despite another attempt at arresting him in 2009, he's yet to serve time for his crime.

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