Roman Polanski Sues Academy To Have His Membership Reinstated

Grace Higgins | April 21st, 2019

Iconic director Roman Polanski has sued ‘The Academy of Motion Picture & Sciences.’ Polanski claims that he was unfairly booted from the organization. Polanski claimed in the legal filing that he was unfairly expelled from the organization that puts on the ‘Academy Awards’ each year. The Academy has responded to the director’s suit, by saying ‘The reasons for the expulsion were fair and justified.’ Polanski was ousted last May, and he claims the Academy didn’t ‘follow any protocol’. The suit was filed in California, Polanski lives in France since 1978. He became a wanted fugitive in 1978 for statutory rape of a 13 year old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in California.

A spokesperson for the Academy issued a statement, “ The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands by it’s decision as appropriate.” The director won an Academy Award for best director for ‘The Pianist’ in 2003. Polanski claims the decision to suspend him, “is not supported by findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by evidence.” Polanski wants the decision reversed by a court, and the Academy to pay all of his legal costs.

In order for someone to be suspended from the Academy it takes two thirds of the 54 members to vote for it. The Academy would not comment on the exact number of votes for Polanski to be expelled. Polanski’s California attorney, Harold Braun said that the director has been an Academy member for 40 years, and they expelled him without warning, and no chance of defending himself. He was expelled on the same day that disgraced actor and comic Bill Cosby was suspended. Polanski’s wife actress Sharon Tate, was 8 months pregnant, when she was murdered by the Charles Manson Family in August of 1969. Polanski survived the Holocaust by living as a Catholic child with a Catholic family, his parents were both murdered in the concentration camps.

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