Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski Expelled From Film Academy
By Jennifer Drysdale
Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski are no longer members of the Academy.
In a press release sent out on Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed that the Board of Governors met on Tuesday night, and decided to expel Cosby and Polanski from membership.
"The Academy of Motion Picture 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 Academy said in a statement. "The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity."
Polanski, meanwhile, fled the country while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape in 1978. The director pleaded not guilty to all charges, but later accepted a plea bargain which included dismissal of the five initial charges -- rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor -- in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse. He fled to France hours before his sentencing.
Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the Academy in October 2017, following numerous accusations of sexual harassment and assault. The disgraced producer has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.