A judge rejected Roman Polanski’s bid to have his 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a minor dismissed for a new trial, according to Fox News.

A nine-page order issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James Brandlin says Polanski’s claims of judicial misconduct and his bid to dismiss the case cannot be addressed because he remains a fugitive outside the country after pleading guilty 37 years ago.

Polanski’s lawyers sought a new hearing, saying a judge who handled the matter in 2008 and 2009 committed misconduct.

Polanski’s attorney Bart Dalton said he hadn’t seen the order and couldn’t comment.

The most recent order says Polanski does have other options, including returning to California to address his claims.

Actress Emmanuelle Seigner and director Roman Polanski leave following the screening of Venus In Fur at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes,

Sure, come on back, old boy. We promise we won’t put you in jail. Honest.

In 1977, Polanski struck a deal in which he pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape for having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a Los Angeles photo shoot. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at the state prison in Chino, where he served 42 days.

The prosecutor and Polanski’s attorney have since said, from a private conversation with the judge, that Polanski’s time served would be the extent of his punishment. The Oscar-winning director’s lawyers also have said because the judge reneged on the agreement and suggested Polanski would go back to prison. Polanski then took off for France.

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