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Roman Polanski depressed, unsettled in Zurich jail, lawyer says

October 11, 2009 |  8:12 am

Roman Polanski is depressed and in an "unsettled state of mind" as he begins his third week in a Zurich jail, his attorney told two Swiss newspapers.

Attorney Herve Temime has visited Polanski in jail, where he faces extradition to Los Angeles for sentencing after having pleaded guilty three decades ago to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

"I found him to be tired and depressed," Temime told the Sonntag newspaper.

He was quoted in the newspaper NZZ as saying Polanski "seemed very dejected when I visited him."

Swiss authorities last week rejected Polanski's request to be released from jail. The director's representatives have said they plan to fight the efforts of L.A. prosecutors to bring the director back to California.

A team of American attorneys for Polanski met with a deputy assistant attorney general and other Justice Department officials Oct. 2 and presented them with arguments against returning the director to the U.S. to face sentencing on a statutory rape charge, according to a letter included in an appellate court filing Wednesday.

Polanski, 76, was arrested Sept. 26 in Zurich. He fled the U.S. on the eve of his 1978 sentencing for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, a 13-year-old girl who told police he raped and sodomized her during a photo shoot.

-- Shelby Grad