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Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Roman Polanski, Kid-Sex Fugitive, Calls #MeToo 'Collective Hysteria'

Roman Polanski, Kid-Sex Fugitive, Calls #MeToo 'Collective Hysteria'

The letter says that according to the bylaws, The Academy is required to give the subject of the potential expulsion notice and give them ten business days for an opportunity to respond.

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'.

This week, an attorney for Polanski sent a letter to AMPAS threatening to sue the Oscar-granting organization if he is not granted a hearing on the ouster.

Polanski was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last week, along with comedian Bill Cosby, almost 40 years after he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl.

So, there's that! Polanski now lives in France, where he is evading sentencing in the US after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor-then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer-in 1977.

Movie fans are used to hearing stars thank the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but it's rare for an Oscar victor to say he wants to sue it.

"To me this is total hypocrisy", Polanski concluded, though he didn't exactly explain why.

Director Roman Polanski, who pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in the USA more than four decades ago, has become embroiled in another controversial stance on his apparent views toward women.

He continued on to compare the movement to that of a North Korean public mourning ceremony and said, "everyone is trying to sign up, chiefly out of fear".

The French-Polish director has been a fugitive from the U.S. since 1977 after fleeing the country as he was awaiting sentencing for statutory rape. Mr. Polanski has a right to go to court and require your organization to follow its own procedures, as well as California law.

Polanski, who won an Oscar in 2003 and has been nominated four other times, quickly chose to fight back against the decision.

So why did it take the Academy so many years to take action?

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