BREAKING NEWS: Roman Polanski Out Of Jail; Moved To House Arrest At Swiss Chalet

Dec. 4 2009, Published 10:14 a.m. ET

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Oscar-winning director Roman Polanksi was transferred by Swiss officials to house arrest at his Alpine chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland early Friday.

The French-Polish filmmaker Thursday was moved from a Zurich, Switzerland jail to a secret location in anticipation of the move, while his wife, gorgeous French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, and their two children, Elvis, 9, and Morgane, 16, waited in Gstaad.

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For the past week, Polanksi, 76, had been working on meeting his lofty, $4.5 million bail. Swiss authorities, to that point, had denied his requests under the rationale the director was too big a flight risk. Under house arrest, Polanski will be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet, have all of his phone calls monitored, and be restricted from leaving his home, while Swiss officials decide whether or not to extradite him to the United States, where the he has been a fugitive the past 31 years.

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The director, 76, has been in Swiss custody since September 26, when he arrived in the country for a film festival he was slated to receive a lifetime achievement award at.

Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to a single count of unlawful sex with a minor. He admitted to having given Champagne and a Quaalude to a then-13-year-old girl -- who he'd taken to his pal Jack Nicholson's house for a photo shoot -- before having sex with her. Out on bond after his plea, Polanski fled the country before he was sentenced. The arrest warrant against him was issued in 1978.



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