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Polanski in 'full comfort' at chalet, thanks supporters

December 28, 2009 |  7:28 am

Roman Polanski, in his first public comments since being arrested in Switzerland three months ago, thanked his supporters and said he has "full hope" in the future.

Polanski posted a message on the website of French author Bernard-Henri Levy, who has been a supporter of the director as he fights extradition to Los Angeles in connection with child-sex charges involving a 13-year-old girl more than three decades ago.

"I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail. In the darkest moments, each of their notes has been a source of comfort and hope," Polanski wrote. "These messages have come from my neighbors, from people all over Switzerland and from beyond Switzerland -- from across the world."

Polanski is under house arrest at his luxury Alpine chalet after being released from prison earlier this month. He is under electronic monitoring but is allowed guests and can work on his film. In his statement, he said he was in "full comfort" at the chalet.

Swiss justice officials must still decide whether to send Polanski back to L.A. -- a decision that won't be made until sometime next year.

-- Shelby Grad

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