Flight Risk

Polanski's Appeal Denied

Roman Polanski’s first appeal for bail was rejected by the Swiss Justice Ministry on Tuesday morning due to fears he’s a flight risk. Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on September 26 for fleeing the U.S. after being found guilty of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl back in 1977. The director of film classics such as Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby was initially indicted on six felony charges including rape, sodomy, and child molestation. There has been an international warrant for his arrest since 2005. The 76-year-old filmmaker will remain in jail, probably for months, reports the Associated Press, while lawyers continue to appeal higher up Swiss courts and the U.S. files for extradition. The Federal Criminal Court in Switzerland said it will make a ruling within weeks.