The Rosemary’s Baby director pleaded guilty to bedding a 13-year-old girl but fled to France before he could be sentenced. He was detained in Zurich in September (09) and kept behind bars until earlier this month (Dec09).
He is now under house arrest at a ski chalet in Switzerland as he waits for officials to decide in January (10) whether they will agree to the extradition request.
Now he’s released his first public statement since he was held, crediting letters of encouragement from supporters with helping him cope with the ongoing ordeal.
He writes, “In the darkest moments, each of their notes has been a source of comfort and hope, and they continue to be so in my current situation.
“I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support and sympathy I have received in Winterthur prison, and that I continue to receive here, in my chalet in Gstaad, where I am spending the holidays with my wife and my children.
“These messages have come from my neighbours, from people all over Switzerland, and from beyond Switzerland – from across the world.
“I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail. I would like to be able to answer all of them. But it is impossible: there are too many.”
The message has been posted on the website of magazine Le Regle du Jeu, which belongs to philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, one of Polanski’s most loyal supporters.