Polanski Granted Bail worth $4.5 Million
Academy Award winner Roman Polanski was granted bail Wednesday, November 25 by a Swiss court. He will be fitted with surveillance monitor and will be under house arrest in his Swiss home. His bail is set at $4.5 million.
The director was arrested two months ago for being a US fugitive while on his way to accept an award at a film festival. He is facing extradition to Los Angeles where he is facing charges of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
He has not been released as the Swiss government has 10 days to appeal the decision. The Swiss Justice Ministry believes that Polanski is a “high flight risk”. The Swiss Federal Court of Bellizona however countered that the $4.5 million bail, along with the electronic surveillance is “sufficient to avert the risk of flight.”
Polanski was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars in 1974 for Chinatown and in 1979 for Tess before finally winning it in 2002 with The Pianist.