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Roman Polanski Asks His Sentencing Held Without His Presence

January 7, 2010 (9:40 am) GMT
A hearing is set in a Los Angeles court on January 22 to consider the request of the 'Rosemary's Baby' director.
Roman Polanski

Lawyers for have launched a legal bid to have the director sentenced while he resides in Switzerland. The "" director is battling extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing over a 1977 child sex charge. He pleaded guilty to bedding a 13-year-old girl but fled to France before he could be sentenced.

He was detained in Zurich in September 2009 and kept behind bars until he was released in December to live under house arrest at a ski chalet in Switzerland. Officials acting for Polanski have now filed papers asking for him be sentenced "in absentia" - despite Los Angeles prosecutors repeatedly stating that he can only be sentenced if he returns to the U.S. in person.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza has scheduled a hearing for January 22, 2010 to consider the request, according to the Associated Press.

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