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

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

Comments () | Archives (38)

This is ridiculous. One group supporting their own, just because he is of their profession. Shame on them!

Hey J. Moss @ 10:13 - You are perpetuating lies by stating that Polanski PAID the girl he drugged, plied with alcohol and raped against her will $500K. The truth is that there was a civil lawsuit in which terms were reached for Polanski to make payments to the girl/now woman but HE DID NOT FULFILL THE TERMS of that legal agreement/contract either.
He has violated that legal arrangement and I wish that his apologists would just stop beating it like it's alive. Polanski continued his pattern of "I don't have to because I'm famous and above the law" with the payments just like he refuses to acknowledge he committed crimes against this person as a 13 yr old.
Stop lying for him, he can do that pretty well for himself as the world now sees.

Since when do people petition a government not to extradite a someone convicted of a crime? Do they think whether or not someone is a criminal is open to popular vote?

Perhaps these same producers should sign another petition to get the public to stop hounding the pope and the catholic church about sex abuse. I mean really, most of those cases happened 20 to 30 years ago, right? It isn't really rape or sexual abuse if it's not prosecuted for that amount of time, right? right?

While I'm not in the least socially (or sexually) conservative, I would love to see this arrogant rapist and fugitive from justice extradited, fined heavily and sent to prison.

@ Mary - hopefully J. Moss was employing sardonic humor in his comment, that is how I interpreted it.

Let's see... I lie to a 13 yr old girl's mother and say that I may use her in a movie so I can get the girl alone, give her drugs, and anally rape her against her will as she cries to be taken home. But my excuse is: she wanted it, it was the free-sex 70's and everybody was doing it, and the legal system that was going to let me off with a slap on the wrist changes its mind and was actually going to give me the sentence I deserve and that's not fair! So, I have every right to flee and take up with a 15 yr old girl in France. Well, stupid Puritan American idiots, what's wrong with that!

I work in film too, and I say throw the book at him.

He did the dirty deed, he stalled for time, and then he fled like the coward he is.

Polanski needs to own up to his own deeds, his own life, and take responsibility.

He's just lucky he's been able to stay out as long as he has.

Give him up, Switzerland!

City Council need boycott France and Switzerland?

Hollywood stars should be ashamed of themselves for supporting this predator. I don't care how long it's been. This man had sex with an underage juvenile and then fled when he was set to answer for the crime. He never accepted the consequences of his actions and now he's wasting taxpayer money by again trying to avoid punishment. So what that he's a talented director. It doesn't exonerate him. He hasn't "given back" to the world in any meaningful way that comes close to absolving him. Because it's expensive we should just let him go? Maybe we should let all convicts out of prison because they're costing us money too. Ridiculous. If anything, Polanski's punishment should be more stringent considering all these circumstances. That's how we treat other criminals when they flee.

Do they have any films that might be coming out in the U.S.? I want to put them on the list of things I won't be seeing.

Laura Bush should be indicted for murder.

If Polanski wants his day in court, he has to actually
SHOW UP in court! Everyone else who claims to have been mistreated by police has to show up in court, and you are no different, no matter how rich, how talented, or how many apologists you can get to sign some lousy piece of paper. As for waste of money, these folks are doing their job, and they get paid no matter what case they work. There is no money being "wasted."

Ehrenstein: Laura Bush didn't commit murder, and more importantly, the incident upon which your comment is based was already investigated 47 years ago and it was determined that she was not responsible.

Meanwhile, Polanski committed a series of acts that constituted a multitude of crimes and then fled the State of California (which was, itself, another crime).

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