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Polanski speaks out against extradition on friend's website

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has broken his months-long silence to lay out his case for why he should not be extradited from Switzerland to the United States, The Associated Press reports.

In a post on a friend's website, Polanski says he is not asking for pity but only asks "to be treated fairly like anyone else."

"I can now remain silent no longer," he writes. Polanski argues that the case for his extradition is unjust and full of discrepancies. His text appeared yesterday on the website of French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.

The Oscar-winning director of "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist" is under house arrest at his Swiss Alpine chalet.

Swiss authorities are trying to decide whether to extradite Polanski to Los Angeles for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

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