Actor Wesley Snipes has asked a Florida judge to allow him permission to temporarily leave the U.S. to complete work on two of his movies while his tax conviction is being appealed.

Snipes' attorney Daniel R. Meachum filed the motion with a Florida district court, saying he should be permitted to travel to London for post-production work on the horror movie "Gallowwalker" in July, and to Bangkok to begin filming the action flick "Chasing the Dragon" in September.

Meachum contended that the appeal and cross-appeal in the case would not be completed before the end of the shooting schedule for "Chasing the Dragon." He said that his client did not pose a flight risk and that if his client did not fulfill his obligations on the movies, it would harm his ability to earn a living and provide for his family.

"Mr. Snipes will of course voluntarily return after his work on this film, as he has done each time he has been granted permission by this court," wrote Meachum.

Snipes was convicted in February of three misdemeanor charges of failing to file his tax return for three years and was sentenced in April to three years in prison (see Snipes Sentenced to Three Years for Tax Charges).

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