Roman Polanski sues Oscars organisation over his expulsion

Director who won Academy award for Rosemarys Baby rejects MeToo movement as mass hysteria and hypocrisy

Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science after being expelled from the organisation last week.

In a letter to the academy, Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, said it failed to follow its own regulations or California law by not letting Polanski a chance to defend himself.” We are not here contesting the merits of the expulsion decision, but instead your organisation’s blatant neglect of its own standards of conduct in, as well as its violations of the standards needs to be California corporations code ,” Braun wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 84 -year-old Oscar-winning director of Rosemary’s Baby was last week expelled from the academy along with the actor Bill Cosby in the interests of sexual assault cases against both men.

Polanski dismissed the MeToo movement as” mass hysteria” and “hypocrisy” in a Polish interview carried out before he was expelled from the Oscars academy.

Asked what he believes 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.

” Sometimes it’s very dramatic, like the French Revolution or the St Bartholomew’s Day carnage in France, or sometimes it’s less bloody, like 1968 in Poland or McCarthyism in the US..

” Everyone is trying to back this movement, chiefly out of dread … I think it’s total hypocrisy .”

Polanski, a dual Polish and French citizen who lives in France, is wanted in the US for the 1977 rape of Samantha Geimer. He has for years sought to negotiate a deal in the case with US authorities.

Geimer, who has said in the past that she has forgiven Polanski , dismissed the Academy’s move to expel him as” an ugly and cruel action which serves only appearance “.

Polanski himself called the decision last week” the high levels of hypocrisy”, according to his lawyer Jan Olszewski.

Olszewski added that comparing Polanski to Bill Cosby, who was also expelled from the Academy for sexual assault, was ” a total misunderstanding and harassment “.

The expulsions came as Hollywood reels from the assault allegations against dishonor film mogul Harvey Weinstein, which prompted an international hubbub and encouraged legions of women to share their own experience of sexual harassment or rape under the hashtag MeToo.

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