Roman Polanski's 'outraged' wife rallies stars over his arrest

Tuesday September 29, 2009

Friends and fans from the Hollywood film circle have been campaigning to prevent Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski being extradited to the US.

The 76-year-old's actress wife Emanuelle Seigner has started up a petition calling for the release of Roman, who is currently being held in a Switzerland prison.

She is hoping the addition of A-list signatures will help the case.

Emanuelle is good friends with Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French president Nicolas who is backing the director and says he would like to see "a quick resolution to the situation".

She has also drawn support from film-makers including Pedro Almodovar and Stephen Frears with actress Deborah Winger saying, "We hope this latest order will be dropped."

Roman was arrested in Zurich at the weekend after fleeing the States in 1977 when he admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Photo: © Rex

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