Polanski's wife welcomes 'end of a nightmare'
French actress Emmanuelle Seigner said Monday she was overjoyed by her husband Roman Polanski's return to freedom and welcomed "the end of a nightmare that has lasted more than nine months."
The Swiss government declared the renowned 76-year-old film director a free man after rejecting a US request to extradite him to face justice for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.
"It is with great pleasure that I have just learned of my husband's release. For me and for my children it is the end of a nightmare that has lasted more than nine months," Seigner said.
"I am really looking forward to being able to make plans and to once again have a normal family life, especially with my children, who did not deserve this suffering," she added in a statement.
Seigner, 44, who appeared in Polanski's "Frantic" in 1988, "Bitter Moon" in 1992 and "The Ninth Gate" in 1999, married the director in August 1989. They have two children: Morgane, who was born in 1993 and Elvis in 1998.
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