LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Film director Roman Polanski is threatening to sue the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after it voted to expel him from its ranks, arguing that the transfer was unlawful and demanding a good listening to.
In a letter despatched to the academy this week, a replica of which was obtained by AFP, Polanski’s lawyer Harland Braun mentioned the physique that palms out the Oscars had didn’t observe correct process in deciding to expel his shopper with no listening to, as required by legislation.
“We are not here contesting the merits of the expulsion decision, but rather your organisation’s blatant disregard of its own Standards of Conduct in, as well its violations of the standards required by California Corporations Code, Section 7341,” California-based Braun wrote within the letter despatched on Tuesday (May eight).
He added that the 84-year-old Oscar-winning director of Rosemary’s Baby had “acknowledged his legal and moral responsibility” within the 1977 sexual assault case in opposition to then 13-year-old Samantha Geimer and that she had accepted his apology and appeared in courtroom to help him.
The academy’s board of governors, which incorporates a few of the greatest names within the trade – amongst them Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks – final week voted to expel Polanski and disgraced comic Bill Cosby.
The determination was in step with the organisation’s new requirements of conduct adopted following the sexual harassment scandals that have shaken the trade and given rise to the #MeToo motion.
Braun mentioned the one discover Polanski had acquired from the academy was an unsigned letter informing him he was expelled.
“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 mentioned in his letter addressed to the academy’s president John Bailey.
Bailey couldn’t be instantly reached for touch upon Wednesday.
Polanski, who lives in France, this week dismissed the #MeToo Movement as “mass hysteria” and “hypocrisy” in an interview with Newsweek Polska.
“I think this is the kind of mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time,” Polanski, who holds twin Polish and French citizenship, advised the weekly when requested what he thinks of the film trade’s latest reckoning with sexual misconduct.
“Sometimes it’s very dramatic, like the French Revolution or the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in France, or sometimes it’s less bloody, like 1968 in Poland or McCarthyism in the US,” he added.
“Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear… I think it’s total hypocrisy.” Polanski in 1977 pleaded responsible to illegal intercourse with Geimer.
However, he fled the United States after studying that the choose within the case deliberate to condemn him to a harsher jail time period than that agreed upon in a plea deal.