Roman Polanski overwhelmed by messages of sympathy and support

Roman Polanski overwhelmed by messages of sympathy and support

Roman Polanski . File photo. AFP

The 76-year-old director was arrested in Zurich on a three-decade-old US warrant issued as he escaped the country after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.
He is currently held being under house arrest in Switzerland.

In a letter written to French philosopher and writer, Bernard-Henri Levy which has been posted on the Internet newspaper 'The Huffington Post', Polanski states, "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 neighbors, 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," Polanski, who won an Oscar his 2002 film The Pianist, said.
"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," Polanski said in the letter.

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