For the first time since he was arrested on his way to a film festival to be awarded a lifetime achievement award nine months ago, Roman Polanski has spoken out from his chalet in Gstaad where he is under house arrest.
In the last couple of weeks the US courts have denied his request to be sentenced in abstentia, and since that decision it is looking more like he will be extradited from Switzerland to the US to face the music.
So he’s pissed and has decided to speak out.
I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else.
It is true: 33 years ago I pleaded guilty, and I served time at the prison for common law crimes at Chino, not in a VIP prison. That period was to have covered the totality of my sentence. By the time I left prison, the judge had changed his mind and claimed that the time served at Chino did not fulfil the entire sentence, and it is this reversal that justified my leaving the United States.
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.
Treated fairly like anyone else?
Is it fair treatment to be on house arrest in a Swiss chalet with the ability to finish editing your film (which by the way has been released and did relatively well.)
Is it fair treatment to use your friends in the media to create a whole counter campaign to show that you have been mistreated?
I don’t know all the ins and outs of the case and whether the judge changed his mind inappropriately. He might have. The point to me is that he took justice into his own hands and fled and has stayed away for over three decades because he knew he had to face the music.
Nobody should be able to flee from justice. That’s called fair treatment. If he wants this resolved he should just come back and go to court. He might not receive another minute in jail (who knows), but he needs to come to the US.
As he said himself, he pleaded GUILTY. That means you should be sentenced in a court just like all the other rapists.
Roman Polanski Statement (Alt Film Guide)