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Roman Polanski calls #MeToo 'collective hysteria'

Film director Roman Polanski has said Hollywood's #MeToo movement is "collective hysteria" and "total hypocrisy".
The Oscar winner's comments came just days before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his 50-year membership, citing a 1977 case where he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
Mr Polanski has threatened to sue the academy.Bill Cosby was kicked out after he was convicted of sexual assault last month.:: Monty Python star says #MeToo movement has 'got silly'Harvey Weinstein was also expelled in October following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Polanski, 84, told Newsweek Polska everyone is trying to sign up to #MeToo "chiefly out of fear" and compared it to North Korea's public mourning for its leaders that is so intensive that "you can't stop laughing".A Paris-born Holocaust survivor, Mr Polanski won an Academy Award for directing The Pianist in 2003.
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He has been in self-imposed exile since he fled the US 40 years ago, fearing a judge would extend his sentence after he served 42 days in jail.The #MeToo movement works against sexual harassment and assault, especially in the workplace. It became viral in October 2017 following the publication allegations of sexual misconduct made against Mr Weinstein.
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