Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Roman Polanski calls #MeToo movement "total hypocrisy"

Roman Polanski calls #MeToo movement

Days before, Polanski said in an interview with Newsweek in his native Poland that the #MeToo movement was a form of "collective hysteria" and "total hypocrisy."

He continued: "Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear". He later fled the country when he learned a judge planned to revoke the plea deal and has not set foot on US soil since.

"I think this is the kind of mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time", he said.

The expulsion comes more than 40 years after Polanski, the filmmaker behind "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown", pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, and 16 years since the Academy honored him as best director for "The Pianist".

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.

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Speaking to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Braun explained: "The only thing we're asking for is a hearing, a chance to present his side".

Polanski himself has called the Academy's decision "the height of hypocrisy", according to his lawyer Jan Olszewski, and Olszewski objects to Polanski being grouped with Cosby.

This, Braun said, is the "only rational thing".

Polanski, who won a best director Oscar for The Pianist, has been in self-imposed exile since he fled the U.S. 40 years ago, fearing a judge would extend his sentence after he served 42 days in jail. Braun contends "Mr. Polanski has a right to go to court" over the decision. Although he wasn't there to receive the award, the audience gave him a standing ovation in his absence. "You must give them a fair hearing", wrote brown.

Polanksi, who had been an Academy member for almost 50 years, told Newsweek that his expulsion was the "height of hypocrisy". "What I would hope is that (the academy's legal counsel) would say, 'Let's avoid an expensive lawsuit".

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