Convicted Sex Offender Roman Polanski To Appeal Academy Expulsion

The director, who pleaded guilty to unlawful intercourse with a 13-year-old, also labelled #MeToo "collective hysteria".

Convicted sex offender and director Roman Polanski will reportedly appeal the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's decision to revoke his membership.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Polanski's attorney Harland Braun claimed they wanted "due process".

The Academy expelled Polanski last week, along with Bill Cosby just days after he was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

In 1977 Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old. He served just 42 days in prison, fleeing the United States on the eve of his sentencing in 1978.

Polanski won the Oscar for Best Director in 2003 but was unable to attend the ceremony due to an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The New York Times has a comprehensive timeline of events which includes the moment Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, appeared in court last year asking for the case to be ended.

Geimer's request was rejected, but the message was clear, she asked the judge for closure "as an act of mercy" to her and her family.

Polanski's victim also slammed his expulsion from the Academy saying, "it's all just PR".

The now 55-year-old claimed the Academy "has no true honour".

"It does nothing to change the sexist culture in Hollywood."

It's all well and good for Polanski and his attorney to ask for due process but the 84-year-old Rosemary's Baby director has reportedly been accused of sexual assault by a total of five woman.

After the #MeToo movement began to bring allegations against powerful Hollywood figures to light one artist, Marianne Barnard, alleged Polanski took nude photos and molested her when she was 10-years-old.

Around the same time of Barnard's accusations, Swiss police confirmed they were investigating new allegations against Polanski made by a woman who alleged he sexually abused her when she was just 15.

Polanski criticised the #MeToo movement, calling it "mass hysteria" and "hypocrisy" in a Polish interview prior to his expulsion from the Academy.

"Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear… I think it’s total hypocrisy," he told Newsweek Polska.

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