Exiled director Roman Polanski is waging a battle with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the group publicly expelled him, along with Bill Cosby. Deadline reports that Polanski says he will take the Academy to court unless he is reinstated or given the opportunity to defend himself.
In a letter to AMPAS President John Bailey, Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun writes: “I am writing this letter to you to avoid unnecessary litigation. Mr. Polanski has a right to go to court and require your organization to follow its own procedures, as well as California law.”
Braun alleges that the Academy broke its own Standards of Conduct rules when its board of governors voted last week to expel Polanski and Cosby, Deadline notes.
Braun’s letter adds: “The only proper solution would be for your organization to rescind its illegal expulsion of Mr. Polanski and follow its own Standards of Conduct by giving Mr. Polanski reasonable notice of the charges against him and a fair hearing to present his position with respect to any proposed expulsion.”