Roman Polanski, last heard of when he sued four French periodicals for photographing him at the Swiss chalet where he was under house arrest, is speaking out. "I can remain silent no longer!" he proclaims in La Règle du Jeu, where he lists reasons why he should not be extradited to the U.S. to serve time for the 1977 statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. Here's the breakdown:
ON THE CRIME ITSELF
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.
ON WHY HIS PRISON SENTENCE IS ALREADY SERVED
... there has just been a new development of immense significance. On February 26 last, Roger Gunson, the deputy district attorney in charge of the case in 1977, now retired, testified under oath before Judge Mary Lou Villar in the presence of David Walgren, the present deputy district attorney in charge of the case, who was at liberty to contradict and question him, that on September 16, 1977, Judge Rittenband stated to all the parties concerned that my term of imprisonment in Chino constituted the totality of the sentence I would have to serve.
CONCLUSION: THE INJUSTICES HE FEELS HE HAS SUFFERED
I can remain silent no longer because I have been placed under house arrest in Gstaad and bailed in very large sum of money which I have managed to raise only by mortgaging the apartment that has been my home for over 30 years, and because I am far from my family and unable to work.
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.
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