Roman Polanski has asked a judge to restore his membership in the organisation that bestows the Academy Awards nearly a year after he was expelled from it for sexual misconduct.
Lawyers for the 85‑year‑old fugitive director petitioned Los Angeles Superior Court to compel the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make him a member in good standing again.
In May, the academy made the rare move of expelling Polanski and Bill Cosby, months after ending the membership of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Polanski appealed the decision, and in January the academy rejected his appeal.
The academy responded with a brief statement saying the procedures taken to expel Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate.