Thompson on Hollywood

The nightmare of being imprisoned since September 2009 is over for Roman Polanski. The Swiss will not extradite the filmmaker to the U.S. on charges from a 1977 rape case in Los Angeles. The authorities are releasing him from house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad. Here's the NYT, which reported that at a press conference in Bern on Monday Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf told reporters: “He’s a free man."

UPDATE: The L.A. district attorney still wants to go after Polanski, reports The Wrap. And THR reports positive reaction from Europe.

I do not condone what Polanski did back then. But I think he has been punished enough. I want to see him make more movies.