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Polanski Asks To Be Sentenced in Absentia

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2010 at 12:16AM

The LAT 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:
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The LAT 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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.