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Sentence plea over Polanski sex case

The attorney for the victim in Roman Polanski's 32-year-old sex case is joining his lawyers' bid to have the director sentenced in absentia to time served.

Lawrence Silver plans to file the motion today in Los Angeles Superior Court. On behalf of the victim, Samantha Geimer, Silver also is supporting a motion by Polanski's lawyers urging that Polanski be sentenced to time served.

Silver accused prosecutors of violating the California Constitution when they failed to tell Geimer of their plans to seek Polanski's extradition to the US.

Geimer was 13 when she met Polanski for a modelling shoot in Los Angeles in 1977. She claimed he gave her alcohol and drugs before he raped her. Polanski was arrested and indicted by a grand jury on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs.

Polanski ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse as part of a plea deal.

On the eve of his sentencing hearing, he fled to Europe, where he was arrested in Switzerland in September of last year.

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