In his first public comments since his Sept. 26 arrest in Zurich, filmmaker Roman Polanski says letters from his supporters have been "full of comfort and reason to hope."

AP reports that Polanski, who is under house arrest in his Swiss chalet, transmitted the comments in a letter to French philosopher and friend Bernard-Henri Levy, who then posted the statement online at the director's request. In his first public comments since his Sept. 26 arrest in Zurich, filmmaker Roman Polanski says letters from his supporters have been "full of comfort and reason to hope."

AP reports that Polanski, who is under house arrest in his Swiss chalet, transmitted the comments in a letter to French philosopher and friend Bernard-Henri Levy, who then posted the statement online at the director's request.

"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," the letter reads.

More than 100 high-profile members of the Hollywood community -- including Harvey Weinstein, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, David Lynch, Natalie Portman and Tilda Swinton -- have rallied around the director, signing a petition demanding his release.

According to Levy, Polanski has been finishing the edit of his latest film, 'The Ghost,' from his chalet.

The 76-year-old director remains under house arrest while waiting to learn whether he will be extradited to the United States. He is wanted in Los Angeles for sentencing for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. A decision regarding extradition is expected from Swiss justice officials early in 2010.
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