Wife of Roman Polanski rejects offer to join Oscars' academy
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The French actress Emmanuelle Seigner turned down an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, blasting the organization for expelling her husband, director Roman Polanski, earlier this year.

In an open letter published by the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, Seigner defended her decision to reject the invite, saying that while she considers herself a "feminist," the academy's expulsion of Polanski was an act of "hypocrisy."

"I have always been a feminist," she wrote. "But how can I ignore the fact that a few weeks ago the Academy expelled my husband, Roman Polanski, in an attempt to appease the zeitgeist."


Polanski is a fugitive in the U.S., having fled the country in 1978 as he awaited sentencing for statutory rape. He had pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Four other women have accused him of sexual assault.

The academy has faced pressure in recent months to address a series of sexual misconduct scandals involving prominent men in the film and entertainment industries.

In October, it expelled Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after a number of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against him in media reports. Polanski and comedian Bill Cosby, who was convicted in April on three counts of sexual assault, were booted from the organization in May.

The invitation to Seigner was extended as the academy seeks to diversify its membership. The organization has come under fire in recent years for a lack of diversity.