Roman Polanski Is Still Fighting the Academy Over His Expulsionson dakika haberler
Roman Polanski is once again pushing back on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to expel him from its ranks in 2018. The disgraced director is pursuing an appeal at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, according to Deadline, claim...
Roman Polanski is once again pushing back on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to expel him from its ranks in 2018. The disgraced director is pursuing an appeal at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, according to Deadline, claiming he was denied due process by the film Academy, which voted Polanski out for violating its ethical standards. Polanski will of course not appear in court himself. The director fled the U.S. after pleading guilty to unlawful intercourse with a minor in 1977 and has not returned to the country since, instead taking up residence in France.
The Academy declined to comment on the case to Deadline; the outlet notes the organization, whose members govern the Oscars, will likely not reverse course on Polanski’s expulsion.
Polanski has been fighting the Academy on this since last year, filing a lawsuit against the film body and demanding to be reinstated, in addition to demanding the organization pay for costs incurred from the suit. At the time of the expulsion, Polanski lawyer Harland Braun claimed the Academy was supposed to allow the director “10 days to present his side. It was a complete debacle in the sense that they didn’t follow their own rules.”
“We want due process,” Braun said. “That’s not asking too much of the Academy, is it?”
Polanski was expelled from the Academy in 2018, alongside disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, who is currently serving time in prison for sexual assault. The decision arrived six months after the Academy expelled Harvey Weinstein, who, by that point, had been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women. His public scandal trigged a sexual-misconduct reckoning in Hollywood and beyond. (Weinstein, who denied the allegations, is now serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York after being found guilty of sex crimes.) The Academy responded to the moment by installing a new code of conduct.
Though Polanski is now something of a pariah in Hollywood circles, that’s been a much more recent evolution. He was celebrated and embraced by the industry long after 1977, winning a best-director Oscar for The Pianist in 2003. And though his reputation is now souring stateside, he is still revered in Europe, where he’s worked consistently over the years. His most recent film, An Officer and a Spy, won multiple César Awards earlier this year, including a best-director win for Polanski himself. Polanski didn’t attend the awards ceremony, releasing a statement in which he likened backlash from activists to a “public lynching.”
His win at the ceremony was protested by Portrait of a Lady on Fire star Adèle Haenel. In addition, more than 400 prominent film-industry figures, including Léa Seydoux and director Michel Hazanavicius, signed a petition calling for an overhaul of the Césars’ voting membership. In response the entire 21-person governing body of the Césars announced they were jointly stepping down amid the backlash after this year’s ceremony, a sign that Polanski’s reputation was, in one small way, starting to be reexamined by the French film world.
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