House Arrest Likely for Roman Polanski, Swiss Courts Set Bail At $4.9M
It’s still amazing to me, the lengths that Roman Polanski went to in order to avoid prosecution for his 1977 sexual assault against, then thirteen year old, Samantha Greimer. Did he ever have any thoughts about the woman he entangled in this nonsense? For as long as he spent in exile, Greimer has had todeal with constant reminders of what happened over thirty years ago, not to mention all of the unwanted media attention. In order to get some peace, she has even resorted to petitioning a California appeals court to request that the charges be dropped.
Her attorney, Robert Silver, told the court,
The pursuit has caused her to have health-related issues…has caused her performance at her job to be interfered with and has caused the understandable displeasure of her employer and the real possibility that Samantha could lose her job.”
When Polanski was finally arrested on September 26, by the Swiss government, en route to a film festival in Zurich, Switzerland it seemed like the inevitable conclusion to his 30 year goose chase with police. Now, it seems his brief stay in prison could be coming to an end. Polanski is possibly days away from trading a prison cell for his $1.6M Swiss chalet, after Swiss courts granted the 76 year old film director’s bail to the tune of $4.5M francs ($4.9M dollars).
Folco Galli, a ministry spokesman said in a statement explaining their decision to grant Polanski’s release,
“The 76-year-old appellant is married and the father of two minors. It can be assumed that as a responsible father he will, especially in view of his advanced age, attach greater importance to the financial security of his family than a younger person.”
Polanski would still face house arrest while the Justice Ministry proceeds with the case.