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August 20, 2019

Film director Roman Polanski wants reentry to film academy after expulsion

April 20, 2019
Polish film director Roman Polanski portraited during Netia Off Camera film festival in Krakow, Poland on 2 May, 2018. (NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Disgraced filmmaker Roman Polanski wants back into America’s most esteemed movie academy.

Lawyers for the 85-year-old director petitioned a Los Angeles court on Friday to compel the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make him a member in good standing again after being expelled for sexual misconduct, reported The Associated Press.

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The academy, which bestows the coveted Oscar, gave Polanski the boot in 2018 for fleeing the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. Polanski has resided in Europe ever since.

His five-page filing asserts that by not allowing him sufficient notice of his expulsion nor giving him or his lawyer the opportunity to argue his case, the academy “failed to comply with its own rules, policies and regulations.”

Polanski, who had been an academy member for nearly 50 years, appealed the decision, but in January the academy rejected his appeal.

During the last two years, the academy has ousted Polanski, film producer Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby for breaking its newly implemented code for “(compromising) its integrity.”

The court documents also assert that Polanski’s ejection violated a California law requiring businesses to offer unbiased hearings before removing a member, calling it a “prejudicial abuse of discretion.”

Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun claimed Polanski was “blindsided” by his removal after hearing about it through media reports.

The filmmaker was married to actress Sharon Tate at the time of her grisly murder at the hands of the Manson Family in 1969. For the past 30 years he has been married to French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, who is 33 years his junior.

The five-time Oscar nominee notched his lone trophy for helming the 2002 historical drama “The Pianist.”

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