Film director Roman Polanski's wife says she "understands perfectly" that women were shocked by the 32-year-old sex case revived by her husband's arrest in Switzerland for possible extradition to the U.S.
But she says that in the 1970s, when the crime occurred, society viewed sex and drugs in a different light.
Actress Emmanuelle Seigner says her husband — who pleaded guilty to sex with an American minor, then fled to France — is a "marvelous" man.
She described to Elle magazine appearing Friday her feelings after the 76-year-old Polanski was jailed in Switzerland for more than 60 days. He was transferred Dec. 4 to house arrest in the Swiss resort of Gstaad.
Seigner said she feels she's "falling into a well ... and this long fall won't stop."
Victim's claims disputed
Also on Thursday, prosecutors disputed claims by the victim in the case that they failed to tell her of their effort to extradite the film director.
In court documents, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office denies allegations that it violated state law by not informing Samantha Geimer of its intentions to bring back Polanski so he can be sentenced.
Prosecutors say they invited Geimer and her attorney to discuss the case, but the meetings never occurred.
Geimer's attorney, Lawrence Silver, has joined the defense's bid to have Polanski sentenced in absentia. A hearing is set for Friday.
Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with Geimer when she was 13.
His attorneys are seeking a sentence of time served, a request that Geimer supports.