Roman Polanski Breaks Silence, Says U.S. Wants Media Attention Not Justice
Director Roman Polanski has broken his silence about the United States’ extradition attempts after the director has spent months under house arrest at his chalet in Switzerland.
Roman wrote to a blog run by one of his supporters and stated that he could “no longer remain silent” about the events surrounding him and that the Unites States wants to “serve [him] on a platter to the media of the world” rather than seek justice for his drugging and raping of a 13-year-old girl in the ’70s.
Roman was charged with drugging, raping, and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual contact with a minor but skipped out on his sentencing in 1978, living the rest of his life as a fugitive.
Although he has remained a fugitive, Roman enjoyed critical and commercial success abroad in Europe, where he has been supported by his powerful and wealthy friends. He was arrested in Switzerland last year and Swiss authorities are still considering extraditing him to the United States.
In his statement, Roman says that he wants to be treated “fairly like anyone else” and that he should be allowed to go free because he had reached an agreement with the judge who oversaw his case in 1978.
Los Angeles County District authorities, who are requesting the extradition of Roman, are withholding comment on Roman’s statement until the Swiss authorities make their decision on his fugitive status.