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Polanski starts house arrest on Friday

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Polanski starts house arrest on Friday

Rex Features

Director Roman Polanski is to commence his house arrest on December 4.

According to Swiss authorities, the Pianist helmer will be placed under house arrest at his Alpine chalet after serving two months in a Swiss jail.

"Polanski will be transferred on Friday to Gstaad," said Folco Galli, the Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman.

Polanski's legal troubles began in 1977 when he was convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. After fleeing the US in 1978, he lived in France, which doesn't extradite its citizens. However, the filmmaker was put back in custody when he travelled to Zurich to accept a lifetime achievement award on September 26.

Polanski has claimed that the judge and prosecutors violated his legal rights during the original case. His lawyers will argue the charges be dismissed before a California appeals court in December.

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