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Prosecutors urge judge to reject latest Polanski motion

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/2/2017
FILE - This Feb. 25, 2015 file photo shows filmmaker Roman Polanski during a break in a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor, in Krakow, Poland. Los Angeles prosecutors on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, urged a judge to reject Polanski's efforts to unseal sworn testimony in his 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case, arguing the fugitive director must return to a Los Angeles court before his request can be considered. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Feb. 25, 2015 file photo shows filmmaker Roman Polanski during a break in a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor, in Krakow, Poland. Los Angeles prosecutors on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, urged a judge to reject Polanski's efforts to unseal sworn testimony in his 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case, arguing the fugitive director must return to a Los Angeles court before his request can be considered. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say Roman Polanski's efforts to unseal testimony in his long-running sex with a minor case should be denied unless the fugitive director returns to a Los Angeles courtroom.

A prosecutor wrote in a filing Wednesday that Polanski remains a fugitive and other judges have already ruled to keep the testimony sealed.

A hearing is scheduled for March 20.

Polanski's attorney filed a motion last month seeking to unseal the testimony of the first prosecutor who handled his 1977 unlawful sex with a minor case.

The Oscar-winning director contends the judge back then reneged on a sentencing deal, forcing Polanski to flee. His travel has since been restricted to three countries: France, Poland and Switzerland.

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