Pity Party

Roman Polanski Breaks His Silence

Roman Polanski, the director who fled the U.S. after copping to having sex with a 13-year-old in 1977, has declared in a blog post that he “can remain silent no longer” in the face of his treatment by the American and Swiss governments. Polanski, under house arrest in the fancy ski resort town of Gstaad, accuses the judge who was to sentence him of perjury and betrayal. The director says the extradition request against him is founded on a lie, and that the months he spent in a diagnostic facility after his arrest was to be his full sentence. Polanski also notes his victim has requested the case be dropped to spare her harassment. “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,” Polanski says. He says he wants to “find peace,” be reunited with his family, and “live in freedom in my native land.”