May 9, 2018 6:53 am

Roman Polanski calls #MeToo movement ‘collective hysteria’

Roman Polanski fled the U.S. in in 1978 while awaiting final sentencing, having plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski says the #MeToo movement that sheds light on sexual misconduct of powerful men in Hollywood is “collective hysteria” and “total hypocrisy.”

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Polanski made the comment to Newsweek Polska in an interview given just days before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his nearly 50-year membership, citing a case in 1977 in which he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. The interview was published this week.

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He said everyone is trying to sign up to #MeToo “chiefly out of fear” and compared it to North Korea’s public mourning for its leaders that is so intensive that “you can’t stop laughing.” He did not explain further.

A Paris-born Holocaust survivor, Polanski won an Academy Award for directing The Pianist in 2003.

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