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Roman Polanski out of Zurich prison, under medical care

October 18, 2009 |  9:21 am

Roman Polanski remained at a medical center in Zurich, Switzerland, this morning, a day after being taken out of his prison cell for an undisclosed medical condition.

"All I know is that he has been taken from prison for medical attention. I don't know where he is or when he will be returned to prison," the director's attorney, Herve Temime, told Reuters news agency.

Temime told Swiss papers last week that Polanski was depressed and in an "unsettled state of mind" behind bars.

Polanski, 76, faces extradition to Los Angeles for sentencing after having pleaded guilty three decades ago to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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 Oct. 7.

Polanski 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, who told police he raped and sodomized her during a photo shoot.

-- Shelby Grad

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