Feb 28, 2020
By Andy Johnson
Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France’s equivalent of the Oscars where his latest movie leads this year’s nominations, because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him.
Women’s rights activists have called for a boycott of today’s Cesars ceremony in Paris and plastered anti-Polanski banners and graffiti at the event venue and the Cesar academy headquarters.
The 86-year old Paris-based director released a statement saying the ceremony was turning into a “public lynching” adding the “fantasies of unhealthy minds are now treated as proven facts.”
Polanski is still wanted in the United States for the rape of a 13 year old girl in 1977.