Switzerland frees Roman Polanski

« Talent agency WME drops Mel Gibson (exclusive) | Main | Hollywood Docket: Tutor disses Bergstein; Ninth Circuit rejects Beach Boys claims; Bikini model loses 'Couples Retreat' case »

Switzerland frees Roman Polanski

Mon Jul 12, 2010 @ 07:25AM PST

Roman-Polanski-001In a surprise decision, Swiss authorities have decided to release Roman Polanski and not send him back to the U.S. to face penalties stemming from a 1977 statutory rape conviction.

The 76-year-old director has been held in detention since last September by the Swiss as authorities there reviewed a U.S. extradition request.

In deciding to release Polanski, the Swiss Justice Ministry cited the failure by the U.S. to provide confidential testimony about Polanski's original sentencing procedure. Polanski's lawyers had unsuccessfully attempted to get a California appeals court to throw out his decades-old sex case upon new revelations about alleged prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.

Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said at a press conference today that Polanski "is able to move around freely" now and that the U.S. won't be allowed to appeal the decision. 

More to come.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Switzerland frees Roman Polanski:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.