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Roman Polanski Loses Bid To Rejoin Oscar Academy After Being Expelled

Roman Polanski Loses Bid To Rejoin Oscar Academy After Being Expelled

A file picture of Roman Polanski. (Picture courtesy: AFP)


  • Roman fled the US after admitting to the statutory rape of a minor woman
  • He fled to France in 1978 after serving 42 days in jail within the US
  • Roman Polanski can’t return to the US for worry of arrest

Los Angeles:

Director Roman Polanski‘s authorized battle in opposition to his expulsion from the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences was thrown out by a Los Angeles decide Tuesday. The Chinatown and Rosemary’s Child filmmaker fled america in 1978 after admitting to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old woman. He was expelled from the Los Angeles-based Academy, which awards the Oscars, 4 many years later amid the #MeToo motion, and filed a authorized petition to pressure the distinguished group to reverse its determination. However Los Angeles superior court docket decide Mary Strobel discovered the Academy board “had trigger to expel” Polanski, and that its determination “is supported by the proof” and “was not arbitrary or capricious.”

Polanski “was given the chance to current any proof” on the matter of whether or not he “‘ought to or shouldn’t stay a member of the Academy’ in gentle of his legal conviction and fugitive standing.”

Polanski is persona non grata in Hollywood, and can’t return to the US for worry of arrest.

The French-Polish director admitted the statutory rape of Samantha Geimer in a plea cut price in 1977 to keep away from a trial on extra critical prices.

However he fled to France the next yr after serving 42 days in jail when it appeared a decide was reconsidering his launch.

“The issue Roman has acquiring justice in Los Angeles is that every one the judges cowl for one another’s misconduct,” Polanski’s lawyer Harland Braun instructed AFP following Tuesday’s ruling and added: “All Roman requested for is a good course of.”

Polanski, now 87, was awarded the Academy’s greatest director Oscar whereas nonetheless dwelling in self-imposed exile in 2003 for The Pianist.

However he was expelled from the Academy together with Invoice Cosby in 2018, at a time when Hollywood was dealing with a reckoning over historic sexual harassment and abuse.

The Academy board voted to expel Polanski below a process for implementing Requirements of Conduct that it had newly adopted within the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Polanski claimed the Academy had didn’t observe its personal procedures, or California legislation, in its determination.

“We’re happy the court docket confirmed that the Academy’s procedures relating to Mr Polanski had been honest and cheap,” an Academy spokesperson instructed AFP Tuesday.

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