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Roman Polanski is home -- under house arrest -- in Gstaad

December 4, 2009 |  8:17 am

Polanski's chalet

Pass the hot cocoa! It's Swiss chalet day for Roman Polanski, who's now out of jail on $4.5-million bail and hanging at home for a while.

Polanski Having friends in high places -- do you hear us, French President Nicolas Sarkozy? -- does seem to have its advantages.

"Roman Polanski was today released from custody pending extradition and transferred to Gstaad, where he is under house arrest at his chalet," the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. "Polanski has undertaken not to leave his house and property at any time."

He'll be holed up with wife Emmanuelle Seigner and their kids.

Polanski's ankle bracelet will alert police if he leaves home, but it's no LoJack system -- i.e., it won't provide GPS coordinates on him should he, ahem, go for a walk. Or a little ski run across the border.

“The canton of Bern uses the first-generation system,” Jonas Peter Weber, a professor at the University of Bern, told the London Times. “We can only check if the person is at home. If the alarm goes off and no police is in the vicinity, the person will be able to flee,” he said.

At least now it'll be easier for him to work from home.

Let the outrage begin. Or, um, continue.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Top, the media surround Roman Polanski's Gstaad chalet. Poor dear! He has no privacy! At right, the director in 2005. Credits: Top, Michael Euler / Associated Press; right, Francesca Ruggieri / EPA. 

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