Under fire, Academy of Motion Pictures expels Cosby, Polanski

  • Under fire, Academy of Motion Pictures expels Cosby, Polanski

Under fire, Academy of Motion Pictures expels Cosby, Polanski

Just a week after Bill Cosby was convicted of assaulting a woman, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences issued a statement announcing that both he and director Roman Polanski would be expelled for violating the organization's standards of conduct. The Academy Board of Governors also explained that they will continue to encourage every member of the Academy to uphold its values and above all, respect human dignity.

Convicted sex offender and stand-up comic Bill Cosby and filmmaker Roman Polanski, who has a number of child sex abuse cases against him in the USA, will be expelled by the film academy now.

An official statement from the Academy said that the decision was made by the Boards of Governors on May 1, The Hill reported.

Polanski fled the U.S.in 1978 after being charged with statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Cosby was found guilty this time last week by a jury in Pennsylvania, deliberating for 14 hours before convicting him of aggravated indecent assault against a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, back in 2004. He faces up to 30 years in prison at his sentencing later this year.

Polanski, now 84 years old, has been accused of sex abuse several times in the past. "It does nothing to change the sexist culture in Hollywood today and simply proves that they will eat their own to survive".

In October 2017, Harvey Weinstein became only the second member to be removed from the Academy as a message that "sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment" had no place in the industry.

Last year, Samantha Geimer, Polanski's victim, told the court that she has forgiven him and wants to move on, but it rejected her plea.

The Academy in December adopted a code of conduct for its 6,000-plus members after dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.