Roman Polanski Breaks Silence
Tue, 04 May 2010 09:15:25
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Roman Polanski broke his months-long silence on Sunday by claiming he's being treated unfairly by being kept in Switzerland while facing the possibility of extradition to the United States for a decades-old crime of banging out a minor. The Swiss authorities, known for their neutrality, are considering whether or not to extradite the director to Los Angeles. Polanski has not stepped foot in America since he fled the country 30-years-ago after being convicted of having sex with a teen. He was nabbed in Zurich in September and has been detained under house arrest ever since.
In the statement printed on a French magazine Web site, the 76-year old director of Rosemary's Baby and husband of the late Sharon Tate said, "I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words. I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else."
Polanski accuses American authorities of trying to extradite him for publicity and "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world." Roman, do we need to remind you that you did plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977? The girl was 13. She probably didn't even have her period, for God's sake. She was too young and you did something wrong, regardless of her consent. Polanski also said that he served 49 days in jail, which was a "period that was to have covered the totality of my sentence." He also makes the claim that he judge at the time, who died in 1993, later "changed his mind and claimed that the time served ... did not fulfill the entire sentence, and it is this reversal that justified my leaving the United States." Event the young lass who had sex with Polanski when she was just 13-years-old has claimed to have no beef with Polanski. That doesn't mean what he did wasn't wrong.
"I can remain silent no longer because I have been placed under house arrest in Gstaad," Polanski also said. "And because I am far from my family and unable to work." American authorities in Los Angeles cannot comment until the Swiss authorities decide on Polanski's status as a fugitive.
Should Polanski be punished for a long ago crime even though the victim is "over it?" Or should we just forgive him for his sins? Does he seem cocky and unremorseful?