Courtesy : The New York Times
Director Roman Polanski's career and more so his personal life has been rather eventful to say the least.
According to latest reports, Polanski will not be attending the Cesar Awards, when the French film industry hands out its top honors.
Polanski on Thursday announced, via French news service AFP, that he will not be attending the French equivalent of the Oscars this year.
Polanski's new film, An Officer and a Spy, leads the nominations this year with 12, including for best director and best film. But Polanski has also been the target of a storm of criticism and controversy due to past allegations of sexual assault. The 86-year-old director and Oscar winner has been a fugitive from U.S. justice since 1978 for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. In recent years a number of other women have come forward accusing Polanski of sexual assault, most involving alleged incidents dating back decades. Polanski has denied all the new allegations against him.
The decision to give An Officer and a Spy 12 Cesar nominations sparked outrage among women's rights groups, who accused organizers, the French Film Academy, of rewarding a man they see as a criminal. Several have announced plans to stage protests on Friday to disrupt the ceremony.
The Academy said it would hold a general assembly of its members after this year's Cesars, which will be held Feb. 28 in Paris, to elect a new board.