If director Roman Polanski is extradited to Los Angeles, it will be kicking and screaming or, at least, ranting and raving. The man convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old finds his predicament unjust now that his 33-year-old case might finally come to an official and long-overdue disposition.
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Polanski let loose on the matter for the first time since his September apprehension in Switzerland at the behest of a Los Angeles District Attorney's office that was trying to get its hands on the Hollywood icon following his fugitive's run to France in 1978. Pontificating on writer and friend Bernard-Henri Levy's website, Polanski declared that the D.A.'s office "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."
The mantra of Polanski's piece is "I can no longer remain silent." As in, he can no longer remain silent because the victim in the case requested he be sentenced from afar, because the late judge went against his word when he said he had done his time (42 days), because the state appellate court that suggested he could be sentenced in absentia then refused to order as much.
It's all old news at this point, except the specter of a director who says he's running out of money and patience.
"I have been placed under house arrest in Gstaad and bailed in very large sum of money which I have managed to raise only by mortgaging the apartment that has been my home for over 30 years, and because I am far from my family and unable to work," Polanski wrote. " ... Such are the facts I wished to put before you in the hope that Switzerland will recognize that there are no grounds for extradition, and that I shall be able to find peace, be reunited with my family, and live in freedom in my native land."