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Roman Polanski Says Treatment of His Criminal Case In Los Angeles Was a 'Historical and Moral Error'

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By Mike Walters

Roman Polanksi is fighting with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over being tossed out of the organization, and in his defense he has called out the whole justice system for the treatment he endured.

According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Polanski originally asked that the LA County Court to remove itself in the case with the Academy, arguing it was biased against him.

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In that filing his lawyers pointed out that Polanksi believes, "based on the four-decade history of litigation in LA Superior Court ... this court should exercise it's discretion..and consider disqualifying the LA Superior court and referring the matter to the Chief Justice for assignment to a judge from outside LA County.

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It continued, "Mr. Polanski's challenge involves claims that several Los Angeles judges have acted either dishonestly, surreptitiously, or denied him due process. Mr. Polanski believes he should be reinstated to the Academy because its decision was made without due process based on a ancient conviction and fugitive status."

However, in a newly filed document, Polanski and his legal team have changed their mind, and now is claiming the LA Superior Court made the mistakes in the first place, so it is a perfect location for him to clear his name.

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The documents state:

"Roman Polanski, in consultation with his attorneys, has decided to withdraw his request to disqualify the Los Angeles Superior Court. The action of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was based on his 1978 conviction in the Los Angeles Superior Court and his failure to appear for sentencing. Because the validity and significance of both the conviction and the imposition of the equitable doctrine of fugitive disentitlement is a matter pending before the Los Angeles Superior Court, Roman Polanski believes that this Court itself is in the best position to correct what he believes to be a historical and moral error."


The Academy has responded to Polanski, explaining he can't use the courts to get back into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy says it did everything by the book to expel him. They have asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

Polanski fled the U.S. to Europe, before he could be sentenced , after pleading guilty to sex with a minor.

It's interesting timing for Polanski's statements, as they come on the heels of his new film, “An Officer and a Spy” winning 2nd place at the Venice Film Festival.

The festival was crawling with Hollywood elite.

His wife, the French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, who appears in the film with Richard Dreyfus, accepted the prize on Polanski's behalf.

Polanski has also come under fire for drawing parallels between his situation and that of Dreyfus' character in the movie.

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