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Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby Have Been Expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby Have Been Expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy Board of Governors, which met on May 1, has voted to expel two long-term members who do not meet its standards of conduct: actor Bill Cosby, who last week was found guilty of sexual assault — but has been accused of much more — and Roman Polanski, who was awarded a Best Directing Oscar for “The Pianist” while living in exile in Paris, despite pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Academy released the following statement:

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 Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.

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