is reporting that director Roman Polanski has asked an L.A. judge to be sentenced in absentia in his 1977 sex case. This is according to a notarized letter submitted to a Superior Court judge during a hearing Wednesday afternoon:
Polanski wrote: "I request the judgment be pronounced against me in my absence." The letter was dated Dec. 29 and signed in Gstaad, the Swiss resort where the director is under house arrest pending a decision by a Swiss judge on whether to extradite him to the United States. Judge Peter Espinoza accepted the letter, but said he would not decide whether such a proceeding was appropriate until a Jan. 22 hearing.