Roman Polanski Defended by Pal, Actor Alain Delon
French actor Alain Delon has defended his friend Roman Polanski over the César Awards controversy.
The 83-year-old film director was set to give the opening speech at the César Awards on February 24 in Paris after being named president of the 2017 awards, the equivalent of the French Oscars.
Polansky, however, pulled out after protests. A women’s rights group had threatened to boycott the ceremony because of his statutory rape admission nearly 40 years ago, a charge for which he is still wanted by authorities in the US.
Delon insisted he would not accept the role of president if he was offered it because of his loyalty to his friend
Delon told Le Figaro: “If they asked me to preside over the Césars, I wouldn’t do it in solidarity with Roman Polanski. He said, “Every time he crosses the street, are we going to talk to him about 1970?”