VIDEO: Actress Walks Out of Award Ceremony After Roman Polanski Wins “Best Director”

French actress Adèle Haenel walked out of the César awards ceremony in Paris on Friday after convicted rapist Roman Polanski won an award.

Roman Polanski won best director for “An Officer and a Spy.”


BBC reports several actresses have walked out of the César awards ceremony in Paris after Roman Polanski, who was convicted of the statutory rape of a 13 year old in 1977, won best director.

The awards – France’s equivalent of the Oscars – have been mired in controversy after Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy received 12 nominations.

The Polish-French director fled the US after his rape conviction in the 1970s.

He has since faced other accusations of sexual assault.

Polanski and members of his crew did not attend the event, with the director having said previously that he feared for his safety.