By Kate Ward
May 02, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Conan O’Brien wasn’t the only celebrity to break his silence today: Roman Polanski has spoken out for the first time since his September arrest, claiming his imprisonment in Switzerland is unfair, People reports. (Polanski is awaiting possible extradition to the United States.) A statement from the director — who faces unlawful sex with a minor charges from a 1977 crime — printed on a French magazine’s website reads, “I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words. I have had my share of dramas and joys, as we all have, and I am not going to try to ask you to pity my lot in life. I ask only to be treated fairly like everyone else.”

The director believes authorities in the U.S. are trying to extradite him purely for publicity, and “to serve me on a platter to the media of the world.” “I can remain silent no longer because I have been placed under house arrest in Gstaad…and because I am far from my family and unable to work.”

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office is keeping mum: “We will withhold comment until the Swiss make a decision on his fugitive status.”