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Roman Polanski:I’m being served on a platter to the media


Roman Polanski broke his silence Sunday over the bid to extradite him to face child sex charges, saying the case was based on a lie and accusing authorities of wanting his head on a plate.

In a 900-word statement, Polanski said that he asked “only to be treated fairly like anyone else” and had previously told his lawyers to confine their comments to a bare minimum but added that he now felt compelled to speak out.

“I can remain silent no longer because the request for my extradition addressed to the Swiss authorities is founded on a lie,” Polanski said in the statement released to supporters in Paris.

“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.”

The Oscar-winning director is under house arrest in Switzerland after being arrested in Zurich in September on a US arrest warrant for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

A California appeals court quashed a bid last month by the 76-year-old Oscar winner to be tried in absentia for the child sex case, apparently exhausting his opportunities for appeals in the United States.

Polanski is alleged to have plied a girl called Samatha Geimer with champagne and drugs during a 1977 photo shoot at the Hollywood Hills home of actor friend Jack Nicholson before having sex with her despite her protests.

The director was initially charged with six felony counts, including rape and sodomy. The charge was later reduced to unlawful sexual intercourse after a plea deal agreed in part to spare his victim the ordeal of a trial.

Polanski later served 42 days at a secure unit undergoing psychiatric evaluation but fled the United States on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 amid fears that the trial judge planned to go back on a previously agreed plea deal.

In his statement, Polanski insisted that he had served the time agreed and claims to the contrary in the extradition warrant were false.

“The said request asserts that I fled in order to escape sentencing by the US judicial authorities, but under the plea-bargaining process I had acknowledged the facts and returned to the United States in order to serve my sentence,” he said.

Polanski claimed that the efforts to bring him back to the United States would cause further upset to Geimer who has publicly forgiven him after an out-of-court settlement.

“I can remain silent no longer because the California court has dismissed the victim?s numerous requests that proceedings against me be dropped, once and for all, to spare her from further harassment every time this affair is raised once more,” he said.

Polanski’s flight from justice came after a string of hit films including “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown”.

The director, whose then wife Sharon Tate was horrifically murdered by Charles Manson’s “family” in 1969, won an Oscar for his 2002 film “The Pianist” but was unable to collect the award because of his fugitive status.

The Paris-based filmmaker said he had been force to mortgage the apartment which has been his home for more than 30 years in order to meet his legal costs.

“I am far from my family and unable to work,” added the director who completed work on his latest movie “The Ghost Writer” in his chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad where he has been confined since being released from custody December 4.

“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,” he concluded.

Swiss officials said in February that a decision on whether to move forward with Polanski’s extradition could not be made until the director had exhausted his US appeals.

Authorities have however emphasised that any extradition process could take about a year once likely appeals by Polanski against his return had been heard by Switzerland’s highest courts.


Emmanuelle Seigner & Elvis Polanski: Switzerland Stroll

Roman Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner took their son Elvis Polanski out for a walk on Sunday (December 6) in Gstaad, Switzerland where Polanski is being held at their estate under house arrest.

Academy Award-winning director Roman Polanski is currently on house arrest for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1977. Polanski was 43 at the time of the assault.

Seigner is Polanski's third wife. The couple are also parents to daughter Morgane.

In 1969, Polanski's second wife Sharon Tate, who was pregnant, was murdered by the Manson Family. After Tate's murder, he was in a romantic relationship with Nastassja Kinski, when she was 15-years-old.


Guess What Charles Manson’s Son Looks Like

Charles Manson has a son named, Matthew Roberts. Matthew recently found out that his biological father is Charles Manson and says “I can’t help but feel some kind of emotional connection”:

A Gandhi-following, peace-loving, free-spirited vegetarian who was adopted at birth has discovered the worst possible thing a son could find out about his father – his dad is Charles Manson. “It’s like finding out that Adolf Hitler is your father,” said Matthew Roberts, a Los Angeles disc jockey.

A curious Roberts, 41, began investigating his poisoned family tree about 12 years ago, when he contacted a social services agency, which located his mother, Terry, in Wisconsin, according to the London Sun. His reluctant natural mom fed him bits and pieces, like his first and middle name — Lawrence Alexander — withholding his infamous surname until she could summon the courage to tell him the truth.

But Roberts pressed her for more details until she finally revealed the shocking secret, that his dad was one of the most infamous serial killers the world has ever known. “I didn’t want to believe it,” Roberts said. “I was frightened and angry. I’m a peaceful person — trapped in the face of a monster.” Terry told Roberts he was born after Manson raped her in a drug-fueled orgy in 1967. She gave the baby up for adoption.

Even she admits her long-lost son bears a striking resemblance to the mastermind whose family of commune followers committed nine gruesome murders in Los Angeles in 1969. Their victims included pregnant actress Sharon Tate, film director Roman Polanski’s wife. Manson, 75, is an inmate at Corcoran State Prison in California. After five years, Roberts eventually wrote to Manson, who replied with letters and postcards — eerily signed with an ugly swastika — the wartime Nazi symbol Manson has tattooed onto his menacing forehead.

Roberts said he has his own bouts with schizophrenia, but other than that, the apple fell far from the tree. “My hero is Gandhi,” Roberts said. “I’m an extremely non-violent, peaceful person and a vegetarian. I don’t even kill bugs. I’ve had long hair all my life. I could make it go away, but I can’t let the world and their fears change me.” Two years ago, Roberts said he received a swastika-stamped post card from Manson with a prison phone number, but Roberts never made the call. “He’s my biological father. I can’t help but have some kind of emotional connection,” Roberts said. “I don’t want to love him, but I don’t want to hate him either.”

This sounds really weird and awkward. SMH


Roman Polanski arrested after 31 years on the lamb


ZURICH – Director Roman Polanski was taken into custody, Swiss police confirmed Sunday, on a 1978 U.S. arrest warrant for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Polanski was flying in to receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival when he was detained late Saturday at the airport, organizers at the festival said in a statement.

Zurich police spokesman Stefan Oberlin confirmed Polanski’s arrest, but refused to provide more details because he said it was a matter for the Swiss Justice Ministry.

Ministry spokesman Guido Balmer declined to comment. Rudolf Wyss, the Justice Ministry deputy director, also declined to comment on the case. But he told The AP that Switzerland and the U.S. have an extradition treaty dating back to the 1950s that is still in force.

The Polish-born director fled the United States in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

The 76-year-old director of such classic films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” has asked a U.S. appeals court in California to overturn a judges’ refusal to throw out his case. He claims misconduct by the now-deceased judge who had arranged a plea bargain and then reneged on it.

Polanski has lived for the past three decades in France, where his career has continued to flourish. He received a directing Oscar in absentia for the 2002 movie “The Pianist.”

Festival organizers said Polanski’s detention had caused “shock and dismay,” but that they would go ahead with Sunday’s planned retrospective of the director’s work.

The Swiss Directors Association sharply criticized authorities for what it deemed “not only a grotesque farce of justice, but also an immense cultural scandal.”

A native of France who was taken to Poland by his parents, Polanski escaped Krakow’s Jewish ghetto as a child and lived off the charity of strangers. His mother died at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

He worked his way into filmmaking in Poland, gaining an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film in 1964 for his “Knife in the Water.” Offered entry to Hollywood, he directed the classic “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968.

But his life was shattered again in 1969 when his wife, actress Sharon Tate, and four other people were gruesomely murdered by followers of Charles Manson. She was eight months pregnant.

He went on to make another American classic, “Chinatown,” released in 1974.

In 1977, he was accused of raping a teenager while photographing her during a modeling session. The girl said Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson’s house while the actor was away. She said that, despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her.

Polanski was allowed to plead guilty to one of six charges, unlawful sexual intercourse, and was sent to prison for 42 days of evaluation.

Lawyers agreed that would be his full sentence, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. Aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time and require his voluntary deportation, Polanski fled to France.

The now 45-year-old victim, Samantha Geimer, who long ago identified herself publicly, has joined in Polanski’s bid for dismissal, saying she wants the case to be over. She sued Polanski and reached an undisclosed settlement.