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Polanski offers larger cash deposit to Swiss in bail deal

Polanski  An attorney for Roman Polanski has offered Swiss justice officials a "very, very significant" amount of cash as a higher deposit in a proposed bail deal for the director, but the government has rejected the offer, news reports said.

It marks the third time the Swiss have rejected Polanski's attempts at bail.

Polanski was arrested in Zurich and faces extradition to the United States for sentencing in a sexual-assault case involving a 13-year-old girl. Polanski fled to Europe just before sentencing in that case more than 30 years ago.

Herve Temime, a lawyer for Polanski, told reporters that he felt the new cash offer -- he would not reveal the exact sum -- should be adequate to convince Swiss officials that the 76-year-old director would not flee. But Bloomberg News quoted Swiss justice official Folco Galli as rejecting the latest offer, saying the "risk of flight remains high."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Director Roman Polanksi. Credit: Los Angeles Times archives.

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Only the clueless celebrities of "La La Land" could think its a "witch hunt". For you clueless celebrities, a witch hunt happens when a person is sought and/or persecuted using extreme measures with little regard to the persons guilt or innocence.... that isn't the case here. 1. No extreme measures were used beyond waiting until the "admitted pedophile" that has already plead guilty to raping a child went to a country that would extradite him to the US. 2. He is guilty. Not because I believe it or you believe it but because he said he was when he told the courts he was guilty and accepted the verdict of guilty.

Now the sad thing is that he will be brought back to the US and not put into the general population. If he was put in the general population, maybe he would learn the pain and terror of being raped... but no he will simply sit out like a quiet time in the corner of a prison which isn't nearly the punishment that he deserves.

Nice to see that even in Switzerland money cannot buy your freedom from a brutal rape charge.

Can't wait til they transfer him to Folsom where he'll be quite popular I'm sure.

Was this guy ever featured on America's Most Wanted?

Based on comments Polanski has made to the press, he wants to be able to return to Hollywood to make films. That is probably why he tried to get the case dismissed. But when all is said and done, he is not a US citizen and will most likely be denied a Visa to enter the US. That is why he originally fled. He was willing to do the remaining 48 days, but objected to the "voluntary deportation" part of the sentence. His other option was to take his chances with the court system and would have most likely received a longer prison term. But no matter how the criminal case plays out, RP will never see the Hollywood movie studios that he so badly desires to be a part of again.

"very, very significant" sound like a bribe. Like the very very large donation UCLA Medical Center got for the Japanese mob's new livers.

Free Garrido! Free "The Richmond High Twenty"!

Witch hunt? Seriously? Please explain that one.

He's ran before and he'll do it again.

Most people still don't know that Roman Polanski can get
TWO YEARS in prison , and no more than that.
And because some important people who should have been
involved in the trial are dead , it looks like Roman Po-
lanski is not going to jail at all.
Without the right people (who know what REALLY HAPPENED in
1977) there is just no case.
And California (who is BANKRUPT) has NO MONEY to work this
case to an end , that's another big problem.
And the victim doesn't want this trial.
And finally , there might be ten million people who hate
Roman Polanski , but there are more than hundred million
people who love him dearly.
So if you don't like what's going on then GET A LIFE OR
COMMIT SUICIDE , because your dream that Polanski gets a
hard time in prison is not becoming a reality.

Bail for a man that fled before being sentenced. Wow! Now there's a thought! Should we serve him breakfast in bed and lick his feet too while we are at it.

Dear Whoopi Goldberg & Debra Winger.....yes, it WAS "rape-rape."


Hey Don Heckers you forgot about the sentence he will get for being a fugitive of the law they gonna throw the book at him and give him 20 years on just that .

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