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Polanski sex trial reopens in US court

Roman Polanski's long-delayed criminal case will return to a Los Angeles court tomorrow.

Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said Judge Peter Espinoza would convene a hearing on the film director's child sex case.

It is the first time the 32-year-old case will be back in court since a state appeal court last month rejected Polanski's bid to have it dismissed.

But the appeal court suggested the case could end quickly if Polanski's lawyers agreed to sentencing in absentia or he dropped his opposition to being extradited to the US.


Polanski (76), under house arrest at his Swiss chalet, was arrested in late September on a fugitive warrant.

District attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Polanski's lawyers requested an in-chambers conference on the case, but prosecutors objected.

Judge Espinoza then scheduled a public hearing.

Polanski was initially accused of raping a girl (13) after plying her with champagne and a Quaalude pill during a 1977 modelling photoshoot.

He was indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molestation and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.

He fled to his native France on the eve of sentencing in 1978.