Seigner, Polanski’s wife, refuses film academy invitation

NEW YORK (AP) — In a seething open letter, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner refused the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and voiced her support for her expelled husband, director Roman Polanski.

Seigner called the film academy’s invitation “insufferable hypocrisy” in a letter published Sunday in the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche. Polanski was kicked out of the organization in May, along with Bill Cosby, for violating its newly instituted code of conduct.

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” actress criticized the academy for banishing her husband years after giving him an Oscar in 2002 for “The Pianist.”

Seigner was last month invited to join the academy, which is striving to diversify the membership that votes on the Academy Awards. The academy invited 928 entertainment industry professionals in June.

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