Polanski appears at Swiss jazz fest

Helmer was freed from house arrest on July 12

Roman Polanski celebrated his newfound freedom by taking a trip to Saturday’s Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, was performing, and by appearing in a Swiss TV interview where he thanked the “millions of people” who sent messages of support during his nine months of detention.

Polanski, freed July 12 from house arrest after the Swiss government denied a U.S. extradition request, was clearly savoring his new lease on life.

He told network TSR he was relishing freedom and doing things like attending the jazz festival, which he has previously attended.

“For the moment, I’m happy to be free and able to do the things I was kept from doing,” said Polanski, 76, who was arrested in September as he arrived in Zurich to accept a lifetime achievement award at the city’s film festival.

Helmer, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, said his son Elvis cut off the electronic foot bracelet that he had been required to wear by Swiss authorities.

Polanski was wanted in the U.S. to face sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor more than three decades ago. He was held in a Swiss jail until December and then transferred to house arrest in his mountain chalet in the ski town of Gstaad.

Polanski did not say anything about his plans in the TV interview, but German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday that the helmer intends to move to France.

The Teutonic Justice Ministry made clear that Polanski would not have to fear detention or extradition if he were to come to Germany, where he has spent considerable time in recent years making films such as Adrien Brody starrer “The Pianist,” centered around life in the Warsaw ghetto of World War II, and “The Ghost Writer,” which earned him director kudos at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

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