Roman Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner rejects invite the Academy of Motion Pictures

Polish-French director Roman Polanski poses with actress Emmanuelle Seigner during a photocall for his latest film, ‘Based on a True Story’ at the Cinematheque in Paris. French feminists will stage a protest against Polanski, who was accused of a series of sexual assault from a few years ago. October 30, 2017 USA ONLY


Roman Polanski’s wife, the actress Emmanuelle Seigner, has rejected an invitation to become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences after the same organization kicked her husband just 2 months ago.

Seigner, who is married to Polanski since 1989, wrote an open letter to the Academy, printed in the French publication, Le Journal du Dimanche. In it, she refuses the offer to be a member to note that it is “an insult to many.”

“The Academy probably thinks that I am enough of a vain, social-climbing actress, who I would mention that I have been married for the last 29 years one of the greatest directors,” she wrote. “I love him, he is my husband and the father of my children. He is cast out as a pariah. The same unnamed academics thinking that I will mount the stairs of glory ” behind his back? The insufferable hypocrisy! This proposal is an insult to many. I can not stay silent any longer. You insult me and want to protect women!”

As previously reported, Polanski was kicked out of the Academy in May, with Bill Cosby as part of the organization of the press, to enforce the code of conduct is of the opinion that these two men violated. Polanski fled to France, while facing the prison on a plea deal that saw him plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1978.

However, if Seigner’s note acknowledges, the Academy has turned a blind eye to this fact for years, even giving Polanski an Oscar for directing in 2003 for “The Pianist.”

“Of course, artists are not exempt from justice,” Seigner wrote. “But the righteousness which already exists, not a right that goes back to the word and contrary to his own principles. That was the case in Los Angeles in 1977, when his first confinement in the prison was intended for punishment. Today, Roman has more than the maximum punishment for the offence committed.”

The move to invite Seigner comes as the Academy made a push to invite 928 new members in an effort to expand diversity, according to Variety. In her open letter, she notes that a push in the direction of feminism is a good thing, but that she believes that her man is the creation of roles for women in Hollywood for years and simply cannot allow themselves to accept an invitation after the way Polanski was treated in May.

“As for the members of the Academy, I have only one thing to say,” she concluded. “This is a woman that you do not have.”

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