The 86-year-old French-Polish director was at the Cinergia European Cinema Forum in Lodz on Friday where he received a "rebellious filmmaker" award Photo: AFP/File

Polanski cancels visit to Polish film school

By Thomas SAMSON

Director Roman Polanski cancelled a visit planned for Saturday to a film school in his native Poland after students objected to his presence because of rape allegations against him.

"At the request of Roman Polanski, the meeting at the cinema school in Lodz, which was to take place on Saturday November 30, has been cancelled," the school said in a brief statement.

The 86-year-old French-Polish director was at the Cinergia European Cinema Forum in Lodz on Friday where he received a "rebellious filmmaker" award. His latest film "An Officer and a Spy" was also screened.

At Friday's event, school director Mariusz Grzegorzek had said "99 percent of the students are awaiting his visit".

The school, once attended by Polanski, earlier had rejected as "inappropriate" an online calling for his visit to be cancelled.

The appeal, which had been signed by 116 people as of Thursday, cited "at least five accusations" against him.

The filmmaker pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in California in 1977, in a plea deal after he was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl.

But he fled the United States before sentencing and has maintained his career as a renowned director in Europe.

Earlier this month, French photographer Valentine Monnier accused Polanski of raping her in 1975 when she was 18 after beating her at his Swiss chalet.

Polanski denies the allegation, and has threated to sue.

The latest accusation sparked protests at cinemas in France showing his new film.

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Too scared he will get arrested on arrival, perhaps?

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It's known as a fact that he raped a 13-year-old girl, and has probably sexually assaulted other girls and women. But Hollywood loves him, which is why I never again want to hear them virtue-signal about how much they care about women.

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He needs to reschedule that visit to prison.

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extankerToday 02:34 am JSTHe needs to reschedule that visit to prison.

The Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs finally got his justice after 4 decades on the run. Bill Cosby's karma caught up to him. So did that for Harvey Weinstein, and so it must be so for Donald Jerk Trump.

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