PARIS (REUTERS) – French Police on Friday (Feb 28) pushed back protesters who pulled down a safety barrier outside the Paris theatre hosting the 2020 Cesar Awards, where a movie by director Roman Polanski, who faces rape accusations, is up for a dozen nominations.
The protesters did not make it onto the red carpet.
Nearby, other protesters waved placards reading “Shame on an industry that protects rapists.”
The veteran French-Polish director fled the United States in the late 1970s after admitting raping a 13-year-old girl, and faces more recent allegations of sexual assault.
He denies the accusations against him.
Polanski’s movie An Officer And A Spy, is up for best film and best director, among other categories, at France’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Polanski will not attend the ceremony, saying he fears a “public lynching”.
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