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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WORLD BEAT: No Honorary Degree For Director Polanski




WARSAW, Poland -- Professors at Poland's Jagiellonian University voted down a proposal to grant an honorary doctorate to renowned Polish director Roman Polanski because of his involvement in a sex scandal decades ago.


"There is a question of a moral stance here, and therefore we had doubts,'' Franciszek Ziejka, rector of the university, said last week.


Ziejka said many were uncomfortable about giving Polanski the same honor awarded in 1983 to Pope John Paul II.


Polanski gained international fame directing such Oscar-winning movies as "Chinatown,'' "Rosemary's Baby'' and "Tess.''


In 1977, Polanski pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sex with a 13-year old girl in the United States after his wife was killed by convicted killer Charles Manson's gang. Polanski fled to Paris while on bail to avoid sentencing and eventually became a French citizen.