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Speaking out at length for the first time since his arrest last September, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski issued a statement from the Swiss chalet where he is under house arrest, arguing that Switzerland has no grounds to extradite him to the United States to face charges stemming from his 1977 underage-sex case.

Rather, he claimed, American prosecutors continue to pursue him only because they want "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."

"I can remain silent no longer," Polanski wrote repeatedly in Sunday's statement ... Speaking out at length for the first time since his arrest last September, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski issued a statement from the Swiss chalet where he is under house arrest, arguing that Switzerland has no grounds to extradite him to the United States to face charges stemming from his 1977 underage-sex case.

Rather, he claimed, American prosecutors continue to pursue him only because they want "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."

"I can remain silent no longer," Polanski wrote repeatedly in Sunday's statement, making the rhetorical point that not only is he being victimized, but so is the actual victim in the case, Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when the 'Chinatown' director allegedly drugged her with champagne and a Quaalude during a 1977 photo shoot, then raped her. Polanski faced six felony charges over the incident but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sex with a minor in his plea bargain.

As an adult, Geimer went public after Polanski's flight to Europe and argued for the ongoing case against him to be dropped. In his statement, Polanski cited "the victim's numerous requests that proceedings against me be dropped, once and for all, to spare her from further harassment every time this affair is raised once more."

"The request for my extradition addressed to the Swiss authorities is founded on a lie," wrote the 76-year-old 'Pianist' director, who spent much of Sunday's statement making his case, once again, that the 42 days of psychiatric evaluation he served in California's Chino prison should have comprised the entirety of his sentence, and that he fled the United States in 1978 only when he learned that the judge in his case might break the plea deal and make him serve a much harsher sentence.

Los Angeles prosecutors have argued that Polanski should address such concerns in the appeals court and must therefore return to America. Polanski's attorneys, however, have argued, as the director did in Sunday's statement, that the extradition request sent to Swiss authorities hides relevant facts about alleged misconduct by the prosecutor and judge in the 1978 case, an allegation prosecutors have denied.

In his statement, Polanski said that, after he'd enjoyed 30 years of traveling undisturbed in Europe, the prosecutors finally decided to pursue extradition against him because they were angered by the 2008 documentary 'Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,' which he did not have a hand in making but which made similar allegations of judicial misconduct in his case.

Regarding Polanski's new statement, Sandi Gibbons, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles district attorney's office, told the New York Times the office would "withhold comment until the Swiss make a decision on his fugitive status."

Polanski's four-page statement [warning: link opens a PDF file], distributed to the media on Sunday by the director's friend, Bernard-Henri Lévy, marks the first time Polanski has spoken in detail about his case since his arrest on Sept. 26 at Zurich's airport, as he was arriving to attend a film festival. After spending two months in a Swiss jail, he's spent the last several months under house arrest at his luxury chalet in Gstaad. He first broke his silence in late December in a statement issued through Lévy, thanking his supporters for their "comfort" and "sympathy."

In February, Polanski won the Best Director award at the Berlin Film Festival for his latest film, the poltical thriller 'The Ghost Writer.' Accepting on his behalf, his producer read a statement from Polanski, saying, "Even if I could come, I wouldn't. Because the last time I went to a festival to accept an award, I ended up in jail."