Polanski starts his Gstaad ski vacation

posted at 11:36 am on December 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Last we heard, the Swiss government was going to appeal the decision to grant Roman Polanski bail and house arrest as an alternative to detention while the Swiss decide whether to grant the US request for extradition.  Looks like they lost.  The most famous man to skip bail posted $4.5 million and agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device that won’t stop him from pulling a Sound of Music over the Alps:

The director Roman Polanski was released from custody on $4.5 million bail and transferred to house arrest in the upscale ski resort of Gstaad Friday pending a judicial ruling on an American request for his extradition.

Mr. Polanski is wanted in the United States on charges dating to 1978 that he fled the country to avoid sentencing for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

A crowd of some 200 journalists had gathered behind a police cordon in the resort to await Mr. Polanski’s arrival at his luxury chalet there. Reporters said he arrived and drove into an underground garage without commenting.

In a statement, the Swiss government said: “Roman Polanski was today released from custody pending extradition and transferred to Gstaad, where he is under house arrest at his chalet. Polanski has undertaken not to leave his house and property at any time.” Swiss authorities initially took Mr. Polanski, 76, from a jail in Winterthur in northeastern Switzerland to an undisclosed location on Thursday to avoid media representatives who staked out the jail as well as the chalet in Gsaad.

Polanski also “undertook” not to skip out on his bail in 1977.  How well did that work out?  Polanski has carefully traveled ever since to avoid capture, using his money and his connections to keep from having to answer for his actions with a 13-year-old girl as well as running out on his bail agreement.  This will not be any different.

If the Swiss approve his extradition, don’t expect to find Polanski at the chalet.  He’ll be back in Paris, and this time he’ll stay put.

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Gstaad is really over-rated. Crans-Montana & St. Moritz are much nicer.

Norwegian on December 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

If the Swiss approve his extradition, don’t expect to find Polanski at the chalet. He’ll be back in Paris, and this time he’ll stay put.

Wasn’t that pretty much the plan between the US and the Swiss? This DOJ has no interest in extraditing Polanski. After all, it isn’t like it was “rape-rape” All he did was dope up and have sex with a 13-year-old. Could have happened to anybody.

highhopes on December 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

“The most famous man to skip bail posted $4.5 million and agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device…”

Didn’t that monster who kidnapped the young girl and held her for 18 years, raping and fathering two children with her also have an electronic monitoring device?

Seven Percent Solution on December 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM

The G is silent.

freemarketlibertine on December 4, 2009 at 11:44 AM

I wonder if the guy will ever make it back to California to face the charge. I’m not optimistic. He has lots of money.

scalleywag on December 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

I am confident there are only two places to spend eternity. Judgement is inevitable.

fourdeucer on December 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

He’s old, he’ll be dead soon. Then we can all celebrate.

ThackerAgency on December 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

He probably went into the underground garage at his chalet and will never be seen in Switzerland again. $4.5 million is a small price to pay if you’re a millionaire and you want your freedom.

scalleywag on December 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

It’s all about connections, awful.

the_nile on December 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

$4.5 million is a small price to pay if you’re a millionaire and you want your freedom.

scalleywag on December 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Understatement.

the_nile on December 4, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Polanski starts his Gstaad ski vacation

No doubt trying to sink his poles into the beginner’s slopes…

jon1979 on December 4, 2009 at 11:51 AM

An effen coward

rjoco1 on December 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Gstaad is really over-rated. Crans-Montana & St. Moritz are much nicer.

Norwegian on December 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Well glad to know that Polanski’s chalet isn’t in a nice neighborhood. Wouldn’t want him to be coddled during his house arrest. Non-dairy hot chocolate is good enough for the likes of him!

highhopes on December 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM

$4.5 million is a small price to pay if you’re a millionaire and you want your freedom.

scalleywag on December 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Madoff would have made that deal.

highhopes on December 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

while they had him in custody they should have just cut it off and said “now you’ve paid your debt to society. you are free to go and enjoy the hugs from all your liberal hollywood zombies now!”

Ghoul aid on December 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM

So far this disgusting child rapist has led a charmed life, and his extradition seems unlikely. Still, there’s some solace in the knowledge that his karmic bill will eventually come due. I just wish it was sooner rather than later.

anXdem on December 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM

A crowd of some 200 journalists had gathered behind a police cordon in the resort…

Because as we know there are no other stories to be covering in Europe this week.

Tommy_G on December 4, 2009 at 11:56 AM

I would like to see Polanski incarcerated in Angola State Prison in La. or Parchman Farm in Mississippi.

This is pathetic.

True perverted justice.

molonlabe28 on December 4, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Oh, to be a liberal entertainment industry figure.

Rape a girl…..run, evade, lie, equivocate…….and then 30 years later be forced to live in a Swiss Alps chalet as punishment.

What, all the vacation houses for rent on the Riviera were snapped up? My heart goes out to the poor bastard…..

JoeinTX on December 4, 2009 at 12:00 PM

OT but critical to diversity! A Muslim woman in Colorado has been made sad by racist bigots!11!!

And Ed, are you and your racist friends in Minnesota still oppressing the grievanced brown people of Little Mogadishu?

BL@KBIRD on December 4, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Almost as good as house arrest in Bermuda.

Fletch54 on December 4, 2009 at 12:04 PM

In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance.

In Switzerland they have brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? – The cuckoo clock!

~ Harry Lime

Blake on December 4, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Oh, to be a liberal entertainment industry figure.

Rape a girl…..run, evade, lie, equivocate…….and then 30 years later be forced to live in a Swiss Alps chalet as punishment.

Appears to the way it is. And don’t forget, be lionized by the Hollywood people in spite of all of that. And all actions involving the 13 year old be irrelevant as it wasn’t really rape-rape.

Pathetic.

mjk on December 4, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Someone is pulling strings for this guy… maybe Huckabee?

BPD on December 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM

BL@KBIRD on December 4, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Too good to ignore.

But the woman, a Muslim who lives in Northern Colorado, is concerned about a comment Alderden made while giving a speech at a Marine Corps Ball last month. The sheriff briefly posted a transcript of the speech on his Web site.

In the speech, Alderden joked about bumper stickers and highlighted one which read, “U.S. Marines: Travel agents to Allah.”

The woman, whose name is not being published because she has received threats, said an elected official jesting about the killing of Muslims goes beyond politically incorrect.

“Anytime you put someone down, whether it’s for religion or race or anything, it doesn’t just hurt the individual, it actually hurts the community where we live, and it’s really not time to start doing things like this,” she said.

No, lady. They are joking about killing people who happen to be muslims who kill innocents and are always yapping about wanting to see allah.

Blake on December 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Don’t slag on the Swiss. Phil Spector managed to stay out for years and delay his trial. Same for Robert Blake. He kept firing his attorneys and getting delays because of it.

Blake on December 4, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Yeah, but it’s not like it was unlawful sex-unlawful sex.

If I understand the situation correctly, the original judge was going to sentence him to the remainder of the 90 days, which would have been 48 more days in jail. How long has he spent in the Swiss jail? Plus now he’s up for the original sentencing (and I doubt a judge is going to be lenient now) as well as skipping bail. Dumb move, Polanski.

rbj on December 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

They finally found a better prison than Gitmo in Gstaad.

KillerKane on December 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Oh, to be a liberal entertainment industry figure.

Rape a girl…..run, evade, lie, equivocate…….and then 30 years later be forced to live in a Swiss Alps chalet as punishment.

What, all the vacation houses for rent on the Riviera were snapped up? My heart goes out to the poor bastard…..

JoeinTX on December 4, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Yeah… if he wanted to abuse kids and get away with it he should have become a priest.

lexhamfox on December 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

If this guy can’t figure out how to donate money to Obama like the rest of the perverts , he deserves to be in jail .

borntoraisehogs on December 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM

the Obama pardon/commutation of sentence is nearing

wildweasel on December 4, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Money talks and Polansky walks,

MaiDee on December 4, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Notice how the NYt fails to use the word rape. Obviously they believe it is just fine for a sick twisted pervert, like polanski, to just have fun exciting sex with a little girl that he happened to have drugged.

Freddy on December 4, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Yeah, but it’s not like it was unlawful sex-unlawful sex.

If I understand the situation correctly, the original judge was going to sentence him to the remainder of the 90 days, which would have been 48 more days in jail. How long has he spent in the Swiss jail? Plus now he’s up for the original sentencing (and I doubt a judge is going to be lenient now) as well as skipping bail. Dumb move, Polanski.

rbj on December 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Obviously rbj, you do not understand at all. It was a sick perverted act by a child rapist. And no, there was no agreement to simply let him go in a couple of days for drugging and raping a little girl.

Freddy on December 4, 2009 at 2:38 PM

The only good thing to come of this was to expose the dirty underbelly of Hollywood for what it is. The majority of the country -no matter the party affiliation- does not approve of this pedophile and it came as quite a shock to folks like Debra Winger and his other defenders to see that.

batterup on December 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

Obviously rbj, you do not understand at all. It was a sick perverted act by a child rapist. And no, there was no agreement to simply let him go in a couple of days for drugging and raping a little girl.

Freddy on December 4, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Um, do you understand the concept of sarcasm?

rbj on December 4, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Not sure how the strikeout got in there.

rbj on December 4, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Maybe we can get one of the Kennedys to invite Polanski to a game of ski-football….

ThePrez on December 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM

He is definitely going to bolt back to France, or elsewhere he won’t be touched.

That is a no-brainer.

SilverStar830 on December 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Someone is pulling strings for this guy… maybe Huckabee?

BPD on December 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM

LOL! Now it’s all starting to make sense…

joe_doufu on December 4, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Can we send Dog the Bounty Hunter to, umm, retrieve Polanski? and by retrieve, I mean dragged kicking and screaming over the Alps.

I R A Darth Aggie on December 4, 2009 at 5:31 PM

LA county jail will be waiting for Polanski for a long time.

Denniscat on December 5, 2009 at 9:22 AM