Thursday, May 10, 2018

Child Rapist Polanski May Sue Oscars Academy; Claims Academy Illegally Expelled Him for Rape

Film director Roman Polanski is back in the news a week after he described the "Me Too" movement as "mass hysteria" and "hypocrisy," the Euro News website reports today (May 10, 2018).

This time he is threatening to sue the Oscars Academy after he was expelled from its ranks, 40 years after admitting having sex with a minor girl.

Polanski claims the Academy's move was illegal and is demanding a fair hearing. The decision was taken in line with the organization's new standards of conduct adopted following many sexual harassment scandals that have shaken the film industry during the past year.

The 84-year-old Oscar-winning director of "Rosemary's Baby" pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a then 13-year-old girl. He then illegally fled the U.S. for Poland -- Polanski is a Polish Jew -- and has lived there and in France since his rape conviction, in order to avoid serving jail time in the U.S.

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