Prosecutors Oppose Polanski Bid for Rape Dismissal

By: Linda Deutsch AP
By: Linda Deutsch AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Movie director Roman Polanski's bid to have a
31-year-old rape charge against him dismissed was challenged Tuesday by prosecutors in documents that included the most graphic
account yet of his sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl.

Prosecutors said Polanski's motion should be denied outright, adding his claims of judicial misconduct cannot be heard in court unless he returns to the United States.

As a fugitive, Polanski would risk arrest if he entered the country. He fled in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He has lived in self-imposed exile in France since then. His lawyers have suggested the matter can be argued without his presence.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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