The director was arrested and jailed in September (09) in relation to 32-year-old child sex charges in America, and he’s currently fighting extradition to the U.S.
Earlier this week (begs23Nov09), Polanski was granted a bail request and will spend Christmas and the New Year under house arrest at his alpine chalet in Gstaad.
And now his former cellmate, Yussi Akram, has told a Swiss radio station the exiled The Pianist director was the envy of fellow prisoners – because he was allowed to call his wife and attorneys frequently.
And his cell was equipped with a special emergency button he could use to summon guards.
But the moviemaker’s longtime friend Janusz Morgenstern has told a Polish radio network that Polanski’s two-month prison stay has taken its toll on the director: “His fear of the U.S. verges on panic and he has lived with that fear for so long that it’s become obsessive.”
Morgenstern reveals his pal has become severely depressed and has lost a considerable amount of weight behind bars.
Polanski was found guilty of molesting a 13-year-old girl at a Hollywood party in 1977. He fled to Paris, France on the eve of sentencing in 1978.