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Officials: Roman Polanski To Remain Under House Arrest

Dec. 1 2009, Published 10:11 a.m. ET

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Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski will remain under house arrest at his Alpine chalet until he pays his full $4.5 million in bail, which should take at least another three days, Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said Tuesday.

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The Chinatown director has otherwise fulfilled his obligations toward Swiss authorities, Galli said. When bail requirements are met, Polanski will be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet and restricted from leaving his Gstaad, Switzerland home, while Swiss officials decide whether or not to extradite him to the United States, where 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.

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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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