Exiled film director Roman Polanski is suing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, claiming the organization unfairly kicked him out, TMZ reports.
“The disgraced director filed new docs saying the Academy went back on its word to give him serious consideration after it expelled him in May 2018,” TMZ reports. “In docs, obtained by TMZ, Polanski says the Academy offered to reconsider its decision but instead summarily denied him re-entry in January.”
The report quotes Polanski saying in the suit: “The Academy was supposed to provide reasonable notice of any adverse action to be taken against a member and a reasonable opportunity for a member to be heard.”
TMZ adds: “Polanski says he never got a fair shake … claiming the Academy violated its own rules when they kicked him out. Polanski — admitted to the Academy in 1963 and whose films have won 8 Oscars — is suing to get reinstated … stat.”
Polanski, whose films include “Chinatown,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Pianist,” has been living in exile in Europe since 1978 after he pleaded guilty to statutory rape in a U.S. case involving a 13-year-old girl.