Roman Polanski breaks silence on extradition effort

Roman Polanski has published a personal appeal to Swiss authorities asking that they deny a request by California prosecutors to extradite him to the United States.

“I can remain silent no longer,” Polanski said Sunday in a posting on a website run by his friend, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.

The Oscar-winning director’s letter came 10 days after California Court of Appeals Judge Peter Espinoza denied a petition by Polanski’s victim to dismiss the 33-year-old sex case.

“I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words,” Polanski wrote.

Polanski, director of “The Pianist” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” argued that the extradition request was politically motivated by a prosecutor who is seeking publicity and it was unfair because he had already served his sentence.

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