Roman Polanski Set To Skip French Awards Due To Fear Of Violent Protestors

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Director Roman Polanski has pulled out of the César Awards over concerns about protestors.

Polanski’s latest film “An Officer And A Spy” has received nominations and protestors have planned to disrupt the ceremony, according to a report published Friday by Page Six.

“Fantasies of unhealthy minds are now treated as proven facts,” Polanski said in a statement on Thursday, the outlet reported. “We know how this evening will play out.”

“An Officer And A Spy” gained 12 nominations including one for best film at the awards ceremony, which is known to be similar to the Oscars. The film also won Polanski best director at the Venice Film Festival. The protestors have planned a demonstration outside the venue and have already sprayed the main office with anti-Polanski graffiti. (RELATED: Street Artist Hijacks ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Billboard, Uses Images Of Roman Polanski And Jeffrey Epstein)

A feminist activist placards a poster with a play on words combining the word rape in French with the name of Polish-French filmmaker Roman Polanski near the Salle Pleyel venue, where the Cesar cinema awards ceremony is to be held the next day, on February 27, 2020, in Paris. - The academy organising France's Cesar awards is going through a crisis after the entire board resigned amid calls for reform and a row over the long-running Roman Polanski scandal. The Cesar Academy has been under fire since the end of January after Roman Polanski's film "An Officer and a Spy" (J'accuse) topped the list of nominations for this year's Cesar awards, due to be handed out on February 28. Polanski told AFP on February 27, 2020, he would not attend the ceremony French Oscars because he fears a "public lynching" by feminist activists. (Photo by LUCAS BARIOULET/AFP via Getty Images)

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Polanski has been wanted in the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. The director took a plea deal in 1977 before fleeing the country to France after a judge deemed the deal insufficient.

Polanski was further accused of rape by French actress Valentine Monnier when she was 18 years old. Monnier claimed the director violently raped her at a French ski chalet.

Actress Adèle Haenel claimed she would boycott the awards ceremony if Polanski was in attendance.

“Distinguishing Polanski is spitting in the face of all victims,” Haenel told the New York Times.