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Directors at Cannes sign petition supporting Roman Polanski as he fights extradition to L.A.

May 13, 2010 |  8:09 am

Roman Polanski is getting more support from the movie industry in his battle to avoid extradition to face sentencing in a sex case in Los Angeles.

Several noted directors have signed a petition in support of Polanski at the Cannes Film Festival.

The effort comes several days after a Los Angeles judge denied Polanski’s request to unseal transcripts of recent testimony by the original prosecutor in his 33-year-old sex-crime case, rejecting arguments that they were necessary for the filmmaker’s extradition proceedings.

Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland, awaiting word on whether Swiss authorities will send him back to L.A. to face sentencing for having sex with a girl more than three decades ago.

Polanski broke his silence on the issue earlier this month, claiming L.A. prosecutors want "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."

"I can remain silent no longer because the California court has dismissed the victim's numerous requests that proceedings against me be dropped, once and for all, to spare her from further harassment every time this affair is raised once more," Polanski wrote.

According to the Associated Press, directors Jean-Luc Godard, Mathieu Amalric and Bernard Tavernier have signed the petition at Cannes.

The petition reads in part: "They hereby appeal to the Swiss authorities, entreating them not to believe the word of Governor [Arnold] Schwarzenegger and the prosecutors of the state of California."

-- Shelby Grad

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