Polanski's Next Jail Is a Swiss Chalet

Though Roman Polanski will be monitored by an electronic bracelet and confined to his residence when he posts $4.5 million in bail, that residence just happens to be an Alpine chalet. The surroundings will be a dramatic change of scenery from Polanski's current Zurich-area jail cell. Included among the director's newfound liberties will be unlimited—although monitored—phone calls, email, Internet, and the ability to throw lavish parties. "He is completely free to determine his daily schedule," one Swiss justice minister said. After repeated denials, a Swiss court finally ruled last week that the director, held on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old, could be set free on bail. Polanski is waiting to hear whether he will be extradited to Los Angeles for his case.