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Roman Polanski calls #MeToo movement 'collective hysteria'

Roman Polanski calls #MeToo movement 'collective hysteria'

In a comment made to the Polish edition of Newsweek, Polanski revealed he believes people who back the movement are doing so out of fear, and likened it to the French Revolution and the St. Bartholemew's Day Massacre in France. He later fled the country when he learned a judge planned to revoke the plea deal and has not set foot on US soil since.

"I think this is the kind of mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time", he said of the #MeToo movement, noting that "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 U.S.".

Despite being considered a fugitive by US criminal justice authorities, Polanski-who resides in Europe-has still netted five Academy Award nominations, the Times notes, and one win.

Polanski was evicted from the academy along with Bill Cosby, who was recently convicted on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand.

Polanski compared the entertainment industry's response to the airing of sexual misconduct allegations to the way North Korea publicly mourns dead leaders and everyone cries so much "you can't help laughing".

Geimer, who has said in the past that she has forgiven Polanski, dismissed the Academy's move to expel him as 'an ugly and cruel action which serves only appearance'.

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"I think it's total hypocrisy", he added.

The Oscar winner's feedback got here simply days earlier than the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences stripped him of his 50-year membership, citing a 1977 case the place he pleaded responsible to illegal intercourse with a minor.

Olszewski went on to tell the AP that taking away Polanski's academy membership was akin to "psychological abuse of an elderly person" for "populist goals".

Polanski's lawyer, wrote in a letter to the President of the Academy John Bailey that his client was denied the opportunity to appeal the decision of the organization.

He remains a fugitive after fleeing the United States in 1978 over the statutory rape case involving a 13-year-old girl.


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