Published: Ven, Mai 04, 2018
Divertissement | By Capucine Hennequin

Cosby, Polanski Expelled from Motion Picture Academy

Cosby, Polanski Expelled from Motion Picture Academy

The Academy, which is the organization behind the Academy Awards, issued a statement that Cosby and Polanski have been expeled due to past violations of their conduct standards.

The action by the Oscar Academy comes after it recently implemented a revised standard of conduct for its 8,400 members, including a provision to suspend or expel those who "compromise the integrity" of the organisation. The Board of governors of the Academy voted for what their behavior does not comply with the ethical standards of the organization. A few of the 60 women accusing Cosby of sexual assault also testified against Cosby at what is being referred to as a very emotional hearing.

On April 26, a jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004.

Roman Polanski has always been a fugitive in the US, stemming from a trial at which he was found guilty of the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Polanski has been living overseas for 40 years after he fled the United States in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape. After ousting Harvey Weinstein from its ranks a year ago, the organization behind the Oscars has now booted Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.

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The organization also expelled Harvey Weinstein back in October, when dozens of women came forward with sexual assault and harassment allegations against the disgraced producer. His film career continued, and he won the Oscar for best director for "The Pianist" in 2003. Polanski's case is still ongoing.

Cosby, a mainstay of American television for the second half of the 20th century, was never honored by the academy, but he co-starred in several feature-length comedies in the 1970s.

So expelling Polanski is certainly justified; but it shows the Academy has a long history of hypocrisy for which it needs to make amends.

A Cosby representative did not respond to a requests seeking comment.

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