Director Roman Polanski steps down from presiding over the Cesars, one of France's most prestigious film awards. Helena Williams reports.
Roman Polanski has pulled out of this year's Cesar film awards following an outcry from women's groups. His appointment last week to head the jury at France's equivalent to the Oscars was called "shocking" by the French minister for women's rights. While feminist group, 'Osez le femenisme', called for a boycott of the ceremony on February the 24th. The award-winning director of "Chinatown" and "The Pianist" is wanted in the United States for having sex with a minor almost 40 years ago. The 83-year-old pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. He served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain but later fled the United States. Polanski's lawyer said the director and his family were "saddened" by the controversy.