Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Polanski slams #MeToo as 'collective hysteria' and 'hypocrisy'

Polanski slams #MeToo as 'collective hysteria' and 'hypocrisy'

"The only proper solution would be for your organization to rescind its illegal expulsion of Mr. Polanski and follow its own Standards of Conduct by giving Mr. Polanski reasonable notice of the charges against him and a fair hearing", said Braun.

Meanwhile, Polanski has stirred up even more controversy in his native Poland after telling Newsweek Polska in a new interview the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement is an example of "mass hysteria".

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

Polanski, who fled the United States after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977 after plying her with champagne and Quaaludes, called the decision last week "the height of hypocrisy", according to his lawyer Jan Olszewski.

In a letter to Academy president John Bailey, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Braun says that Polanski was unfairly denied the right to appeal the decision or plead his case.

His expulsion comes after Harvey Weinstein's removal following extensive sexual assault allegations, upon which the academy adopted a code of conduct.

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

The Academy's rules allow for any of its members to be expelled "for cause" if least two-thirds of the 54-member board of governors approves of the action.

Would you look at that: Roman Polanski has an opinion about the #MeToo movement.

He continued: "Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear". "I think it's total hypocrisy".

Polanski, who is a dual Polish and French citizen and now lives in France, is wanted in the USA for the 1977 rape of Samantha Geimer.

The magazine published an account this week from an interview it said Polanski gave before the Academy's May 3 decision. He later fled the country when he learned a judge planned to revoke the plea deal and has not set foot on USA soil since.

"The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect for human dignity", the Academy said in its expulsion statement last week.

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