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Polanski prosecutors fight testimony release

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May 07, 2010 | 6:15am EDT

The Rosemary's Baby filmmaker has been confined to his Swiss chalet since December (09), following his September (09) arrest in Zurich - more than three decades after he fled America and skipped sentencing on a charge of having sex with a minor.

Los Angeles lawmakers ruled last month (Apr10) that Polanski cannot be sentenced in absentia and must return to California to receive his punishment after pleading guilty to bedding 13-year-old Samantha Geimer at a party in 1977.

The Oscar winner's lawyers, Chad Hummel and Bart Dalton, recently filed a request to submit the testimony of the case's original prosecutor, retired Deputy District Attorney Roger Gunson, to Swiss authorities to help them determine whether the director should be sent back to the U.S.

They believe the sealed testimony given by Gunson earlier this year (10) will prove the extradition request is based on false and incomplete statements by officials at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

But Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren argues the request is simply part of Polanski's legal team's campaign to win the support of the public.

In his court filing, Walgren writes, "The defendant... obviously running out of options to avoid extradition, makes completely baseless and reckless allegations apparently orchestrated as part of a public relations campaign, rather than being premised on any legal or factual foundation."

A judge is expected to hear the case on Monday (10May10).

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