Fugitive director Roman Polanski's win at France's national cinema awards has been met with booing and a walkout by some actresses attending the ceremony in Paris.
France had its version of the Academy Awards Friday night, and, not surprisingly, there was some controversy surrounding Roman Polanski.
Polanski's best director award for An Officer and a Spy was overshadowed by street clashes outside between police and women's rights protesters.
"And this is completely insane, two years after #MeToo, that while in the U.S. (Hollywood producer Harvey) Weinstein has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault in France, we celebrate Roman Polanski, who is accused of child rape", she added.
Polanski, 86, whose film An Officer And A Spy also picked up two other awards, was not at the event on Friday evening, saying earlier that he feared for his and his family's safety.
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The filmmaker launched his "An Officer and a Spy" movie in France last year, days after a French actress accused him of having raped her in 1975 when she was 18 years old, during a ski holiday in Gstaad, Switzerland.
In the lead-up to the awards, France's culture minister Franck Riester said award Polanski a Cesar would be "symbolically bad given the stance we must take against sexual and sexist violent".
Polanski's nominations had divided opinion in France, a country where the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment has struggled to gain traction. The Polanski film won best costume designer and best adaptation.
"By supporting the aggressors, by celebrating the aggressors, one does not allow the victims to speak out".
He has since faced other accusations of sexual assault. "Their word is denied", Celine Piques of women's activist group Osez le Feminisme said, according to Al Jazeera.
The director also fled the United States after pleading guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles.