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Roman Polanski Loses Bid to End 40-Year-Old Statutory Rape Case

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Film director Roman Polanski attends the 2011 Scopus Award gala at the Champs-Elysees Theatre on Jan. 23, 2011, in Paris. (Photo credit should read Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 02:43 PM

Roman Polanski lost a motion Monday that sought to shield him from any additional jail time if he returned to the United States after fleeing the country in 1978 before he was sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Oscar-winning movie director had entered a guilty plea in the case but bolted just before he was scheduled to be sentenced then. His attorney Harland Braun told the court that his client served 42 days in a California jail and 300 days in Switzerland while going through extradition proceedings there, CNN noted.

Variety reported that Polanski spent six weeks at the California Institution for Men prison in Chino in 1977 for a psychiatric evaluation prior to sentencing. He was under house arrest in Switzerland during a 2010 extradition attempt.

Braun said those periods should be considered as time served and he should not have to face any more additional jail time.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon, though, rejected the motion, stating that it was an insufficient reason for reconsideration, CNN noted. Braun also hoped to get Polanski's 1978 arrest warrant lifted.

"There is no authority provided by defendant to support the order for the requested relief," Gordon ruled. "Polanski is not entitled to avail himself of this court's power to hear his demands while he openly stands in contempt of a legal order from this very court."

Polanski is a French citizen and is not subject to extradition there, but the Los Angeles district attorney's office has tried to extradite him when he traveled to other countries, without success, wrote Variety.

He was a no show for his biggest award when he won the best director Academy Award for the film "The Pianist" in 2003.

In his 13-page ruling, Gordon stated that Polanski's fugitive status prevents him "from obtaining the relief he desires until he presents himself in the court’s jurisdiction," noted the Los Angeles Times.

The Times stated that Gordon's ruling was consistent with previous court decisions that stated that Polanski must return to the United States in order to pursue his requests.

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