A judge in Los Angeles has denied the latest bid by filmmaker Roman Polanski to return to the U.S. to put his 1970s rape case to rest. Reuters reports that Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled Monday that Polanski failed to advance any substantially new arguments in the four-decade-old case.
Polanski, who lives in exile in France, is considered a fugitive since he fled the U.S. to avoid a jail sentence in the case involving a 13-year-old girl. He was seeking to return to the U.S. to resolve the case, but sought assurances that he would not be jailed if he returned.
“Gordon, in a 13-page written ruling, said Polanski, 83, ‘cannot avail himself of the court while standing in contempt of it,'” Reuters reports.