Director of 'Oliver Twist' Ordered to Return to U.S. for Sentencing

Roman Polanski

After having sex with 13-year-old girl back in 1977 and leaving U.S. before he could be sentenced, moviemaker Roman Polanski is ordered to return to the United States.

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has lost his fight to avoid extradition to the U.S. - a Los Angeles judge has ruled he must return to be sentenced on 32 year old unlawful sex charges. Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer back in 1977, but fled America a year later, before he could be sentenced.

Director of upcoming movie "The Ghost Writer" was arrested in Zurich in 2009 and has been under house arrest in Switzerland since, while his lawyers fight to free him and prevent him from being extradited, arguing the Oscar winner should be sentenced in his absence.

On Friday, January 22, a judge decided Polanski must return for sentencing. The 76 year old's legal team is expected to appeal the ruling.


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