Some Polanski support 'counterproductive'

12th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Roman Polanski's lawyer says some of the support he received was "counterproductive."

Paris -- Roman Polanski realises that some of the support he received in his struggle against US child sex charges was "counterproductive", his lawyer said Sunday, adding he was worried about the detained director's health.

"The filmmaker is very touched by the support he has received," Herve Temime told AFP after visiting his client on Friday in his cell in Switzerland, where he is being held on a US warrant.

"He also knows that some of it is counterproductive," he added.

Temime also said he was "very worried" about Polanski's health. "I found him very worn out; he's a 76-year-old man," he said.

The Oscar-winning director was regarded as a fugitive by US authorities since he fled the country in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

His arrest on 26 September, upon arriving in Zurich to collect an award at the Swiss city's film festival, shocked some people in the movie world.

French politicians also supported the Polish-French director, with Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand calling the arrest "absolutely horrifying."

Those remarks brought attention to Mitterrand, and to his controversial 2005 autobiography, and led him to appear on French national television to deny engaging in paedophile acts.

AFP / Expatica

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