Director Roman Polanski's win for Best Director at the César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars, prompted walk-outs and angry protests outside the venue in Paris.
The board which oversees the César Academy, which runs the César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars or the BAFTAs, has said that it will resign ahead of this year's ceremony.
The 'Rosemary's Baby' director has been on the run since 1978 after avoiding sentencing for unlawful sex with a minor.
Controversy has surrounded France’s 2017 Cesar Awards as feminists voiced their concern over director Roman Polanski’s proposed involvement. In case you hadn’t heard, bosses at the Cesar Awards had hoped to appoint the famed film director as president of this year’s event, which was bound to cause controversy and anger due to the ongoing US arrest warrant he has after fleeing the country before his rape trial dating back to the late-1970s. To clarify, Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old – a crime which he pleaded guilty to in a capacity of statutory rape in 1977.