A Los Angeles County Superior judge has rejected an effort by famed director Roman Polanski to dismiss all sexual assault charges against him in a three-decade-old case that spurred him to flee to Europe to avoid sentencing.
A court spokesman confirmed Wednesday to the Los Angeles Times the court's denial of the bid.
Last week, Polanski's legal team — which now includes celebrity attorney Alan M. Dershowitz — made accusations of prosecutorial misconduct in its effort to end the case. The charges have kept the director out of the United States as well as many countries that have extradition treaties with the U.S.
Polanski, now 81, was aiming to finally wrap up the legal drama that has kept him an exile from the United States since 1978.
Polanski's new motion, filed earlier this month in L.A. County Superior Court, centered on an attempt in October to arrest Polanski while he was attending the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw.
Polanski's attorneys say the extradition request omits that he served court-ordered prison time because prosecutors were trying to align the case history to meet the criteria of an extradition treaty between the United States and Poland.
Comedian pleads not guilty in robbery
Katt Williams has pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge filed after a photographer accused the comedian of stealing her camera. The district attorney's spokeswoman said Williams entered the plea Wednesday and was ordered to return to court Feb. 3 for a scheduling hearing. Williams was charged along with Death Row Records founder Suge Knight with taking the camera as the photographer tried to take a picture in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5. Knight has also pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Drug Blunder: Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan said he feels shame for his son, who has been indicted by Beijing prosecutors on a drug charge and could be jailed for up to three years. The remarks, reported Wednesday by China's official Xinhua News Agency, came two days after authorities announced the indictment against Jaycee Chan, 32, who is charged with sheltering others to use drugs. The scandal has been particularly embarrassing for Jackie Chan, who was named by Beijing as an anti-drug ambassador in 2009. Beijing police detained the younger Chan at his Beijing apartment in August along with Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai. Police said Chan and Ko both tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan's home.