Imprisoned director Roman Polanski is in a "fighting mood" and will battle US attempts to have him extradited from Switzerland to California to face justice for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, his lawyer said Monday.
An international tug-of-war over the 76-year-old director escalated Monday as France and Poland urged Switzerland to free him on bail and pressed US officials all the way up to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the case.
Polanski was in his third day of detention after Swiss police arrested him Saturday on an international warrant as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival.
Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a "convicted felon and fugitive." The director had pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse and was sent to prison for 42 days but then the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. On the day of Polanski's sentencing in 1978, aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time, he fled to France.