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Roman Polanski Wins Best Director at Cesar Awards, Walkouts Follow

Roman Polanski was honored with the best director award at the 2020 Cesar Awards, and the crowd was not happy about it, Variety reports.

The 86-year-old An Officer and a Spy director was not present at the event (to avoid being “lynched,” he said beforehand) which took place at the Salle Pleyel on Friday (February 28) in Paris, France.

The cast and crew of An Officer and a Spy were also not in attendance.

After Roman‘s win was announced, various walkouts ensued, including by nominee Adele Haenel, star of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

An Officer and a Spy was nominated for 12 awards and also won best adapted screenplay and costume.

A protest of over 100 people took place in front the venue by advocacy group Osez le Feminisme.

Roman Polanski was accused of raping a French actress in 1975. Find out more here.

Roman Polanski Accused of Raping French Actress Back in 1975

A French actress is accusing Roman Polanski of raping her back in 1975.

Valentine Monnier told Le Parisien that she was allegedly raped by the 86-year-old director at a ski chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland when she was 18-years-old, Variety reports.

Roman is not facing legal action in France over the allegations since the country has a 20-year statue limitation, but Valentine says she was moved to speak out after the release of Roman‘s new movie J’Accuse.

“Rape is a time bomb. The memory does not fade,” Valentine shared with the French publication. “It becomes a ghost and it follows you, and it changes you insidiously. I denounce this crime knowing that there can’t be any punishment, in an attempt to end exceptions, impunity. Public figures are being considered as models. By sacralizing the guilty ones, we prevent people from realizing the serious consequences of their acts.”

Roman‘s French attorney Hervé Témime told Le Parisien that the director denies Valentine‘s allegations.

If you don’t know, Roman was arrested in 1977 for rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. Roman plead “guilty,” but fled the country.

Roman has been living in exile in France since 1978 before he could be sentenced in the case.

Jean Dujardin & Louis Garrel Suit Up for 'J'Accuse' Premiere at Venice Film Festival

Jean Dujardin and Louis Garrel walk the red carpet at the premiere of their new movie J’Accuse during the 2019 Venice Film Festival on Friday (August 30) in Venice, Italy.

The guys were joined at the event by co-star Emmanuelle Seigner, but missing from the event was controversial director Roman Polanski. The Oscar-winning director is still wanted in the U.S. after he admitted to having sex with a minor in 1977.

J’Accuse, which has an English title of An Officer and a Spy, tells the story of a French Jewish army officer (Garrel) who was falsely accused of treason in the late 1800s and the French officer (Dujardin) who risked his life to uncover the truth.

Also in attendance at the event were Vincent Cassel and his wife Tina Kunakey.

FYI: Louis is wearing a Giorgio Armani suit. Tina is wearing a Giorgio Armani Prive dress.

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Quentin Tarantino Apologizes for Controversial Rape Comments Regarding Roman Polanski

Quentin Tarantino has issued an apology to Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when she was raped by director Roman Polanski in the 1970s.

In a resurfaced interview, Quentin made some extremely controversial remarks about Samantha and how she “wanted to have it.”

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old,” Quentin said during the 2003 interview. “It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor, all right. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down.”

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Quentin Tarantino Under Fire for Defending Roman Polanski in Resurfaced Interview: 13-Year-Old 'Wanted to Have It'

Director Quentin Tarantino is under fire for comments he made about director Roman Polanski and the rape of a 13-year-old child in the 1970s.

If you don’t know, Polanski was arrested in 1977 for rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14. Polanski plead “guilty,” but fled the country.

Now, a 2003 Howard Stern interview with Tarantino has resurfaced, and his quotes about the victim are causing controversy.

“She wanted to have it,” Tarantino said.

“He didn’t rape a 13-year-old,” he said. “It was statutory rape. That’s not quite the same thing. … He had sex with a minor, all right. That’s not rape. To me, when you use the word rape, you’re talking about violent, throwing them down.”

“Throwing the word ‘rape’ around is like throwing the word ‘racist’ around. It doesn’t apply to everything that people use it for. He was guilty of having sex with a minor…She wanted to have it and dated the guy,” Quentin continued. “And by the way, we’re talking about America’s morals, we’re not talking about the morals in Europe and everything.”

Howard then interjected, “Wait a minute. If you have sex with a 13-year-old girl and you’re a grown man, you know that that’s wrong.”

Tarantino replied, “Look, she was down with this…She’s talked about it since, ‘No, he didn’t really do anything to me. It was a technicality for being 13.’”

“Would you ever seduce a 13-year-old with pills and booze?” Howard asked the director.

“No, no, no, again you’re killing him with the pills and booze thing,” Tarantino responded. “But the situation was not that she was against all this. She was down to party with Roman.”

You can listen to the interview here.

Tarantino has been in the news this week after Uma Thurman came forward about a stunt the director made her do for Kill Bill where she said she almost died.

Eva Green Joins Roman Polanski for Their Cannes Premiere

Eva Green hits the red carpet with director Roman Polanski at the premiere of their film Based on a True Story during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (May 27) at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

They were joined by Eva‘s co-stars Emmanuelle Seigner and Vincent Perez at the premiere, as well as a photo call earlier in the day.

Uma Thurman, Adrien Brody, and Karolina Kurkova all walked the carpet at the premiere as well. In case you didn’t know, Adrien won an Oscar for his work in Polanski‘s movie The Pianist.

FYI: Eva is wearing an Alexander McQueen dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Repossi jewelry. She is wearing a Stella McCartney jumpsuit at the photo call. Emmanuelle is wearing an Alexandre Vauthier suit at the photo call.

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