Judge Rejects Polanski's Bid to Ax Sex Charge

Fugitive director must appear to close case on sex with 13-year-old
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 2:43 AM CST
Polish film director Roman Polanski in Oberhausen, western Germany.    (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil)
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(Newser) – A judge has cited Roman Polanski’s fugitive status as reason for rejecting the film director’s request to toss a 31-year-old child sex charge, E! Online reports. The judge conceded that a recent documentary on Polanski seems to demonstrate misconduct by prosecutors in the 1978 proceedings, but said the charge will stand unless Polanksi appears in his LA courtroom—which Polanski, who lives in Paris, says he has no intention of doing.