Roman Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, has rejected an invite to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a new open letter.
Seigner, a two-time Award-nominated actress, called out the ”insufferable hypocrisy” of the organisation after expelling her husband Polanski despite the fact that they awarded him ‘Best Director’ for The Pianist.
Polanski, who was recently kicked out of the Academy amid the #MeToo movement, is still awaiting sentencing in America for statutory rape after admitting to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977.
Writing in France’s Le Journal du Dimanche, she said: “I have always been a feminist. But how can I ignore the fact that a few weeks ago the Academy expelled my husband, Roman Polanski, in an attempt to appease the zeitgeist – the very same Academy which in 2002 awarded him an Oscar for The Pianist! A curious case of amnesia!
“The Academy probably thinks I am enough of a spineless, social climbing actress that I would forget that I have been married for the past 29 years to one of the world’s greatest directors. I love him, he is my husband and the father of my children. He has been cast out like a pariah.
“Yet these same nameless academicians think that I should ‘mount the steps of glory’ behind his back? The insufferable hypocrisy! This proposal is one insult too many. I cannot remain silent any longer. You offend me whilst claiming to want to protect women!”
Polanksi is thought to be in the process of suing the Academy.