The filmmaker Roman Polanski has broken his long silence to lay out his case for why he should not be extradited from Switzerland to the U.S.
In a lengthy statement on a friend’s Web site, Polanski says he is not asking for pity but only asks “to be treated fairly like anyone else”.
Polanski has pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Samantha Geimer back in 1977 when she was aged 13.
Although he spent 42 days in a California state prison he fled the US before final sentencing. He claims the judge acted improperly and the case should be dismissed.
Polanski, who is an Oscar winning director known for films such as “The Piano” and “Chinatown”, was detained in Switzerland last September where he has since been under house arrest pending extradition.