Director Roman Polanski is contesting his expulsion from The Academy on the grounds that the organization did not following proper protocol, according to Variety. A spokesperson from The Academy stated that “the procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate.” In order to dismiss someone from The Academy, there needs to be two-thirds approval from the group of 54 individuals from the board of governors.
Polanski was ousted from the organization amidst the presence of the #MeToo movement and the exposure of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse allegations. Polanski had been arrested for assaulting a 13-year-old girl in 1977, which led him to reside in France in order to avoid imprisonment. Comedian Bill Cosby was also removed from the organization at the same time as Polanski in light of allegations of sexual assault that were brought against him. Polanski’s case states that the Academy’s decision “is not supported by findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by evidence.”
The French-Polish director has still continued to produce high-ranking films, such as the historical drama The Pianist, and Rosemary’s Baby, starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.
As of late, there is no response from the Academy as to how they will approach the lawsuit.