Roman Polanski files for release from jail
Roman Polanski has filed an application seeking his release from the Swiss jail where he is being held, the New York Times reports. The director was arrested by Swiss police Saturday due to an outstanding U.S. arrest warrant from 1978, when he fled the country after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor. The U.S. is currently working to extradite Polanski; in a statement, the Swiss court reportedly said it would decide whether to release him “in the next few weeks.”
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has also released a timeline of its efforts to bring Polanski to justice during his 31 years as a fugitive overseas, countering his attorneys’ claim that the U.S. “had not once sought to have him extradited” in that time.