Freed Polanski pays 'massive thanks' to supporters

12th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Filmmaker Roman Polanski paid "massive thanks" to his supporters on Monday, after Switzerland refused a US request that he be extradited to face justice over a child sex case.

Polanski declared his gratitude in a statement released to AFP by his lawyer Herve Temime, adding that he would make no personal public statement himself.

"I simply want, from the bottom of my heart, to thank all those who supported me and tell them today of my great satisfaction. Massive thanks to everyone," the Polish-born French director said in the message.

Temime refused to reveal the filmmaker's current location, hours after the 76-year-old quit the luxurious Alpine chalet where Swiss authorities had ordered him to remain under house arrest while they studied the US demand.

A crowd of of photographers and reporters had gathered outside his home in Paris, hoping for a glimpse of the fugitive from American justice if he chooses to return to his main family residence.

Earlier Polanksi's wife, 44-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, welcomed the "end of a nightmare" after the Swiss government freed the 76-year-old, nine months after he was arrested on a US warrant.

The state of California wants Polanski to face sentencing 33 years after he admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl, whom he was accused of drugging and raping in 1977 at the Hollywood home of actor Jack Nicholson.

In Washington, a State Department spokesman said Washington was disappointed by the Swiss decision -- which was based on a technicality -- and said it would continue to seek his arrest and extradition.

© 2010 AFP

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