The arrested film director Roman Polanski has said he will fight any attempt by the Swiss authorities to extradite him to the US.
His detention in Zurich after he flew in for a film festival has turned into an international legal struggle with European cultural figures and political leaders rising to his defence.
Polanski’s lawyer, Herve Temine told journalists:
“He has refused to be extradited under the same conditions when he was arrested 32 years ago.
Considering the victim has long since given up wanting to prosecute him and has expressly asked others to do the same, this arrest doesn’t make sense and I would hope we could return to reason.”
It was back in 1977 when Polanski pleaded guilty to having under age sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. But just before sentencing he fled the US.
In a 2003 interview Samantha Geimer described what happened during a photo shoot.
“He asked me to change in front of him and stuff. It didn’t feel right. I didn’t at that time have the self-confidence to tell my mother and everyone… you know, if he could, I’m sure he’d go back and he wouldn’t do it again,” she said
Polanski, who is a French resident, has visited Switzerland numerous times, but the Swiss authorities have detained him now on an international warrant issued in Los Angeles.