Comedian Bill Cosby, who was convicted last week of sexual assault, and Oscar-winning producer Roman Polanski, who remains a fugitive for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, were both expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced Thursday.
The Academy’s Board of Governors met Tuesday night and voted to expel both men “in accordance with the organization’s standards of conduct,” according to the organization.
“The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” according to the Academy.
Polanski, who won an Oscar in 2002 for directing “The Pianist,” fled to his native France in 1978 before he could be sentenced in Los Angeles for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. He still lives in Europe, and is considered a fugitive. Southern California authorities have tried for years to bring him back to America.
Cosby was convicted last week in Pennsylvania on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Numerous other women have come forward alleging that Cosby also drugged and assaulted them in attacks dating back to the 1980s.
The expulsions follow the Academy’s decision in October to revoke the membership of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault by dozens of women. Weinstein has denied ever engaging in non-consensual sex.
Prior to Weinstein’s expulsion, the only person who had ever been ousted from the Academy was actor Carmine Caridi, who was punished in 2004 after screener copies of movies that were sent to him turned up online.
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