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Film director Roman Polanski has failed in his latest bid to be sentenced while he remains outside the United States. The film-maker pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor more than three decades ago. He fled to France and then Switzerland where he is now under house arrest.

A court in California ruled the fugitive director must return from Europe before he is sentenced.

That ruling came shortly after the same court rejected a petition by Samantha Geimer to have the case dismissed. As a 13-year-old, she went to Polanski’s house for a photo shoot. He was subsequently accused of sexually assaulting her.

The Oscar-winning director was taken into custody in Switzerland last September. Swiss officials are awaiting the outcome of US legal proceedings before deciding whether to extradite the 76-year-old.