Lawyer Denies Polanski Ready to Return to U.S.

French lawyer says there has been no change in strategy, despite colleague’s remarks.

Last Updated: October 21, 2009 @ 4:01 PM

Roman Polanski’s French lawyer denied on Wednesday that the film director, now in Swiss custody, may opt to face justice in the U.S. in order to avoid lengthy extradition procedures.

Earlier, another member of Polanski’s legal team appeared to suggest that the Oscar-winning director might be prepared to go to the United States voluntarily to face a 1977 sex charge.

Lawyer Georges Kiejman, speaking on France’s Europe 1 radio, said earlier, "If the procedure drags on, it is not impossible that Roman Polanski could choose to go and explain himself in the United States, where there are some arguments in his favor."

However, Polanski’s French lawyer, Herve Temime, said Kiejman’s comments had been misunderstood, and there was no question of the director abandoning his fight against extradition.

"There has been no change in strategy at all," Temime told Reuters. He also discounted the notion that there was any disagreement within the legal team.

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