The Swiss Justice Ministry denied the 76-year-old director's legal bid to be freed while his case works its way through the courts. Polanski jumped bail in 1978 in California when he feared the plea deal he'd agreed to for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl would be rejected by the judge. He was nabbed Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to receive an award from a film festival.
Authorities in Los Angeles consider him a convicted felon and a fugitive, and Switzerland says there has been an international warrant out on him since 2005. Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, settled with the director for $500,000 in 1993, and now says she forgives him.
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