Date: 25th January 2010

Polanski loses bid to avoid court appearance

Film director Roman Polanski has lost his bid to be sentenced in a US court without having to return.

He faces an arrest warrant over his conviction, 32 years ago, for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

A judge ruled on Friday that Mr Polanski, 76, must be present in court if he wants to resolve the case.

Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza said he was acting to protect "the dignity of the court." Mr Polanski's lawyer said he would appeal the ruling.

Source: Press Release