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Polanski Loses Appeal to Avoid U.S. Trip for Hearing

Movie director Roman Polanski lost his appeal of a California judge’s ruling that he must come to the U.S. to be sentenced for the 1977 case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Polanski “failed to demonstrate that the trial court lacked the discretion” to refuse to allow him to be sentenced without being present, a state appeals court in Los Angeles said in a decision posted yesterday on its Web site.