It's been over seven months since director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for fleeing his 1977 crime of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl. As the story goes, in an attempt to keep Samantha Geimer's identity hidden, her lawyer set up a huge plea bargain. Four of the five charges would be dropped, and Polanski plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse, the lowest of the counts. He spent 42 days in jail under psychiatric evaluation, and expected that to be the end of the affair. But the judge seemed to have other plans, and Polanski fled to Europe to avoid further punishment.

With over half a year detained in prison and then house arrest, the director has decided to speak out in his own words. He writes of the publicity, how he wants to be sentenced in absentia, how 1977's deputy DA has testified that the Judge stated that Polanski's sentence was fulfilled, that his extradition is founded on a lie, and: "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." He also notes, of course, how Geimer wants the charges dropped and this put all behind her.
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