Roman Polanski Calls 'MeToo' Movement 'Collective Hysteria' And 'Total Hypocrisy'

May 10, 2018, 11:11
Roman Polanski Calls 'MeToo' Movement 'Collective Hysteria' And 'Total Hypocrisy'

Movie director Roman Polanski has mentioned Hollywood's #MeToo motion is "collective hysteria" and "whole hypocrisy".

He continued: "Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear". Since fleeing the country, he has been living in exile in Europe for the past four decades and is considered a fugitive by the USA criminal justice system.

Polanski was evicted from the academy along with Bill Cosby, who was recently convicted on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

The Oscar winner's feedback got here simply days earlier than the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences stripped him of his 50-year membership, citing a 1977 case the place he pleaded responsible to illegal intercourse with a minor.

The magazine published an account this week from an interview it said Polanski gave before the Academy's May 3 decision. He started by referring to #MeToo as "collective hysteria of the kind that sometimes happens in the society".

"To me this is total hypocrisy", he said, without elaborating.

"I hope that the Academy understands Mr Polanski only asks for a fair hearing to present his side of all the issues which will also provide members who support expulsion a forum (to) argue their position", Braun said in his letter addressed to the academy's president John Bailey.

Braun said the only notice Polanski had received from the academy was an unsigned letter informing him he was expelled.

Cosby has been convicted of sexual assault and Polanski remains a fugitive after fleeing the USA in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a teenager. "Otherwise, we've got to go to court and get a judge to rule that the academy must follow its own rules, which should be a no-brainer".

Mr Braun said that Polanski was angered that an organisation that gave him a standing ovation in 2003, when he won the directing Oscar for The Pianist, had kicked him out without granting him a hearing.

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