Roman Polanski Slams #MeToo Movement as "Mass Hysteria"

Polanski, who pled guilty to "unlawful sexual intercourse" with a 13 year-old girl, this week told a Polish publication that the #MeToo movement is based on "collective hysteria" and that the phenomenon smacks of "total hypocrisy".

He continued: "Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear".

Bill Cosby was expelled earlier this month following his conviction for sexual assault.

In a new interview with Poland's edition of Newsweek, the director likened the #MeToo movement to a "collective hysteria of the kind that sometimes happens in the society".

While there, the 84-year-old director made these comments just days before he, along with actor Bill Cosby, were both stripped of their memberships from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Polanski himself has called the Academy's decision "the height of hypocrisy", according to his lawyer Jan Olszewski, and Olszewski objects to Polanski being grouped with Cosby.

"He said, 'They're a bunch of hypocrites, ' " said Mr Braun, who emailed a clip of that moment to the academy along with his letter. Polanski also believes comparing it to North Korea's elaborate public mourning for its leaders is appropriate, when everyone cries so much that "you can't help laughing".

Polanski remains a fugitive of the United States after fleeing the country in 1978 to avoid jail time for the sex case.

Braun said the only notice Polanski had received from the academy was an unsigned letter informing him he was expelled. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Braun explained they're only requesting Polanski be granted "a hearing, a chance to present his side". "Otherwise, we've got to go to court and get a judge to rule that the academy must follow its own rules, which should be a no-brainer".

The Academy-award winning director Roman Polanski threatened to take legal action against the Academy after it voted May 3 to expel him from its ranks.

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