Film director Roman Polanski has said Hollywood’s #MeToo movement is “collective hysteria” and “total hypocrisy”.
The Oscar winner’s comments came just days before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his 50-year membership, citing a 1977 case where he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.
Mr Polanski has threatened to sue the academy.
Bill Cosby was kicked out after he was convicted of sexual assault last month.
Harvey Weinstein was also expelled in October following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Polanski, 84, told Newsweek Polska everyone is trying to sign up to #MeToo “chiefly out of fear” and compared it to North Korea’s public mourning for its leaders that is so intensive that “you can’t stop laughing”.
A Paris-born Holocaust survivor, Mr Polanski won an Academy Award for directing The Pianist in 2003.