Polanski faces music of a different kind
Published 19/07/2010 | 05:00
Roman Polanski made his first public appearance since being released this week from house arrest, attending the Montreux Jazz Festival to watch his wife perform on stage.
The 76-year-old film director arrived at the Lake Geneva festival in a sport utility vehicle with tinted windows.
When he emerged, he brushed his fingers through his hair -- a trademark gesture -- then was ushered into a lift. Security personnel protected him from an eager crush of photographers.
Polanski's wife, the actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner, performed shortly after his arrival. In an interview earlier yesterday, Polanski thanked "the millions of people who kept sending me messages of support.
"I would also certainly thank my wife Emmanuelle (and) my children, without whom I would have never been able to hold onto my dignity and perseverance," Polanski said.
The Oscar-winning director was freed last Monday from seven months of house arrest at his Swiss chalet when Switzerland's government refused to extradite him to the United States.
Before that, he served two months in prison as the Swiss government pondered whether he should be handed over to US authorities to be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.