News // ACADEMY EXPELS BILL COSBY AND ROMAN POLANSKI

The news comes months after Harvey Weinstein was similarly expelled.


Per a press release, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced a decision by its Board of Governors in regards to the organization's Standards of Conduct in relation to Bill Cosby's recent guilty verdict in a sexual harassment case.


The quite short press release reads: "The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors met on Tuesday night (May 1) and has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organization's Standards of Conduct. The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of resect for human dignity."


Cosby was found guilty last week on three charges of aggravated indecent assault. Polanski, who won the Best Director Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist, pled guilty in 1978 for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year old girl. He quickly fled the United States to avoid prosecution and has not been back since, including to collect his Oscar.

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