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Roman Polanski to Go From Prison to Chalet. Next Stop LA?

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Director Roman Polanski is expected to be released on bail from a Swiss prison, and will be living in an Alpine chalet equipped with extensive security mechanisms, reports LA Now. The 76-year-old French citizen has been held in Switzerland since his arrest in late September on a warrant from Los Angeles associated with a 1977 rape case.

Just how long he'll be "confined" to the chalet, named the "Milky Way," remains to be determined. "Polanski is expected to be freed by Monday after a Swiss court agreed to $4.5-million bail. A court will eventually rule whether Polanski should be extradited to Los Angeles to face sentencing," in the thirty-year-old rape case involving a 13-year-old girl. The DA in L.A. has long been pressing for his return to the US, and bail has been denied because the working director is considered an obvious flight right.

Until Polanski's next steps are planned he'll stay in Gstaad, a posh Swiss resort town long-associated with celebrities and glamor. As part of his bail conditions Polanski will be subject to monitoring via an electronic bracelet device.