Oscars film academy expels Cosby and Polanski

Lewis Collier
May 4, 2018

According to today's announcement from the Academy, its Board of Governors met on Tuesday night and voted to oust Cosby and Polanski for not upholding its Standards of Conduct.

The academy's board may now suspend or expel those who violate the code of conduct or who "compromise the integrity" of the academy.

The body's 54-member board of governors includes some of the biggest names in the industry, among them Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg. The member is also provided 10 days to appeal the board's decision.

He admitted to a sexual encounter with the woman, but denied the assault allegation and criminal case was dropped after Bryant's accuser refused to testify.

Cosby was convicted last week in Pennsylvania on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. He pleaded guilty to the offense decades ago, but fled the United State before he could be sentenced.

Cosby's reputation as "America's Dad" has taken a beating in the previous year as more than 60 women have come forward and accused him of sexual misconduct dating back four decades.

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Cosby was also recently stripped of his Television Academy Hall of Fame honour, while his honorary degrees from Yale and Temple universities have been rescinded.

Now, I am excited that Bill Cosby is getting the accolades stripped away in the wake of his rape convictions, however, I am still irritated that Roman Polanski wasn't removed until now.

The French-born filmmaker did not collect his Oscar in person at the Los Angeles gala because a warrant was out for his arrest in connection with the 1977 sexual assault of a girl, who was 13 years old at the time.

Cosby's spokesman didn't immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

In the Academy's 91-year history, it has only expelled four people. Cosby, though an active film actor in the 1970s, has never been nominated for an Academy Award; however, Polanski has been nominated five times and won once for Best Director for the 2002 film The Pianist.

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