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Polanski Is Free At Last

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 12, 2010 at 6:32AM

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."
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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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.