Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Polanski Update: Swiss Accept 4.5 Million Bail

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 25, 2009 at 5:17AM

Filmmaker Roman Polanski, in 30-year-exile from the U.S., has been smoldering in a Swiss jail for two months. He may have his get-out-of-jail card, but it is not free. A Swiss court has finally accepted the 76-year-old director's offer to pay 4.5 million Swiss francs to stay under house arrest with 24-hour electric monitoring in his Swiss villa in Gstaad. But he's not out of jail yet. The Ministry of Justice has ten days to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling. Judge Cornelia Cova wrote of Polanski's perceived flight risk:
0
Thompson on Hollywood

Filmmaker Roman Polanski, in 30-year-exile from the U.S., has been smoldering in a Swiss jail for two months. He may have his get-out-of-jail card, but it is not free. A Swiss court has finally accepted the 76-year-old director's offer to pay 4.5 million Swiss francs to stay under house arrest with 24-hour electric monitoring in his Swiss villa in Gstaad. But he's not out of jail yet. The Ministry of Justice has ten days to decide whether or not to appeal the ruling. Judge Cornelia Cova wrote of Polanski's perceived flight risk:

"As a responsible family father and with regard to his advanced age, the value of financial security for his family has a greater meaning than for a relatively younger person.”

The U.S. requested formal extradition on October 22.

This article is related to: Directors, News


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

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.