Polanski: U.S. just wants me back to ‘serve’ me to the media

  • Sun May 2nd, 2010 10:40pm
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Associated Press

PARIS — Filmmaker Roman Polanski said Sunday that the U.S. is demanding his extradition from Switzerland on a 33-year-old sex case largely to “serve me on a platter to the media.”

Polanski, who is under house arrest in his Alpine Swiss chalet, laid out his case against extradition on an online magazine.

“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,” he wrote. “I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else.”

The Oscar-winning director of “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Chinatown” and “The Pianist” suggests the case against him is riddled with problems.

Swiss authorities are trying to decide whether to extradite Polanski to Los Angeles for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy. He later pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.

The defense says the now-deceased judge had agreed to sentence him to a 90-day diagnostic study.

But the judge later changed his mind and summoned Polanski for further sentencing — at which time he fled to his native France, attorneys said.

Polanski was arrested seven months ago as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival.

After two months behind bars, he is under house arrest in Gstaad.

“I can no longer remain silent because the United States continues to demand my extradition more to serve me on a platter to the media of the world than to pronounce a judgment concerning which an agreement was reached 33 years ago,” he said in the interview.