Sex different in 70s: Polanski wife
Roman Polanski's wife has said she "understands perfectly" that women were shocked by the under-age sex case revived by her husband's arrest in Switzerland.
But she said in an interview with Elle magazine that in the 1970s, when the crime took place, society viewed sex and drugs in a different light.
Actress Emmanuelle Seigner said her director husband - who pleaded guilty to sex with an American minor and then fled to France - is a "marvellous" man.
Polanski, 76, was jailed in Switzerland for more than 60 days. He was transferred to house arrest in the Swiss resort of Gstaad on December 4.
A judge in Los Angeles is due to rule on whether the filmmaker can be sentenced in his absence.
Polanski, who has two young children, is fighting extradition to the US.
The Chinatown director fled America in 1978 on the eve of sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
"My husband never believed he was above the law. The proof is that he pleaded guilty..." his wife said.
Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on his way to a film festival last September.