Roman Polanski threatens to sue Oscars organisers

10 May, 2018, 11:15 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Expelled Director Roman Polanski Threatens Legal Action Against the Academy

"Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear". Since fleeing the country, he has been living in exile in Europe for the past four decades and is considered a fugitive by the US criminal justice system.

Asked what he thinks of the movie industry's recent reckoning with sexual harassment, Polanski told this week's edition of Newsweek Polska: 'I think this is the kind of mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time'. Polanski's career has continued to flourish despite his exile; his last film, Based on a True Story, even premiered at Cannes a year ago.

While there, the 84-year-old director made these comments just days before he, along with actor Bill Cosby, were both stripped of their memberships from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Meanwhile, Polanski - who now lives in France - has threatened to sue the body that runs the Oscars after he was recently expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"That's the only rational thing".

Though the academy saw fit to honor Polanski with a best director Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist - which he could not accept in person, because after pleading guilty to felony statutory rape in 1978, he fled the country to escape a prison sentence and has remained in exile ever since - the members have belatedly determined, in the parlance and rallying cry of the day, that Polanski's time is up. All six of the women who testified at Cosby's criminal trial say Cosby gave them pills that incapacitated them before he sexually assaulted them. Although he wasn't there to receive the award, the audience gave him a standing ovation in his absence. And all of the sudden, they turn on him and expel him without a hearing?

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"I think that it's the height of hypocrisy for a known pedophile and a sex offender to disparage and criticize people that have come forward after being sexually abused by powerful people in the media and Hollywood", said Jennifer Cunningham, senior editor at the African-American-focused entertainment news site Bossip.

The "Chinatown" director had been a member of the Academy for almost 50 years, earning his first of five nominations in 1964.

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