Roman Polanski

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Roman Polanski has no intention of crossing the pond.

According to court documents filed Tuesday, the Rosemary's Baby director may be trying to clear his Los Angeles rap sheet, but he doesn't plan to return to the United States—ever.

Polanski does not have to appear in person in order for a judge to rule on the decades-old statutory rape that the Oscar winner is trying to have dismissed on grounds of judicial bias, his camp argues.

Polanski, who was born in Poland and is a French citizen, has been living and working in Europe since 1978, when he left the U.S. before he was due to be sentenced for having sex with then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer—who agrees that Polanski shouldn't have to show his face on U.S. soil.

In papers filed yesterday, Geimer also expressed her disappointment that the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office hasn't formally dropped the case, calling the latest rehashing of the 31-year-old case "a cruel joke" on her and her family.

A hearing on Polanski's motion to dismiss is scheduled for Jan. 21.

In refusing to grant a request to have the case removed from L.A. Superior Court jurisdiction, Judge Peter Espinoza said last week he was "unaware of anything in the record that changed the outstanding arrest warrant that required the defendant to be present in court."

UPDATE: The hearing on Polanski's motion was postponed Jan. 20 after the 2nd District Court of Appeal agreed to further review the director's claims of judicial bias. The D.A.'s Office has been ordered to file a response by Jan. 30.

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