Roman Polanski Picks Chalet Over Jail
The lighting’s about to get a lot better for Roman Polanski. E! Online reports that after two months in a Swiss jail and two days holed up in an undisclosed location, the controversial filmmaker was escorted, via police convoy, to his Gstaad chalet so that he may serve a house arrest sentence for his 32-year-old pending rape case.
“Roman Polanski was today released from custody pending extradition and transferred to Gstaad, where he is under house arrest at his chalet,” the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. “Polanski has undertaken not to leave his house and property at any time.”
It won’t be so tough, since Polanski’s wife, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, and their two children, 16-year-old Morgane and 9-year-old Elvis, were all waiting for him at the home. They’ll likely stay there for the duration of his house arrest too, which could be a long time.
If you think his comfy new jail is unfair, he did pay $4.5 million in bail for the move. Switzerland has not yet decided on whether to extradite him to the U.S., where he still faces outstanding charges from raping a 13-year-old girl back in 1977. I know that Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, just wants everyone to forget about this case, but it is still upsetting to quite a few people, including me.