Roman Polanski sues to get reinstated in film academy
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Filmmaker Roman Polanski has filed a lawsuit against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences demanding his reinstatement after the organization removed him from its ranks last year over a decades-old statutory rape charge.

Variety reported that the director is suing the film academy for reinstatement and the cost of his legal fees, arguing that his ouster was "not supported by findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by evidence.”


Polanski was expelled from the Academy last May alongside comedian Bill Cosby, who was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison last year after being convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

Polanski, who has been living abroad since fleeing the U.S. while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape, has denied since the 1970s allegations of sexual assault against a 13-year-old. He had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful sex with a minor.

The film academy did not immediately return a request for comment, but at the time of Polanski's ouster said that the decision was made “in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” while the organization added that their leadership expected members to “uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

The eight-time Oscar winner's attorney warned the Academy's president last year that Polanski would take the organization to court “and require your organization to follow its own procedures, as well as California law," according to Variety.