Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski expelled from The Academy

  • Posted 2 weeks Ago

Following Bill Cosby's recent conviction on three counts of sexual assault, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to expel both Bill Cosby and filmmaker Roman Polanski.

The reasoning behind both is clear, but what's unclear is why it took so long for Polanski to be expelled when he was charged 41 years ago for five sexual abuse offences against a 13-year-old girl. When it became clear he would face jail time, Polanski fled America to France and has lived abroad ever since, but even that didn't stop The Academy supporting him with a Best Director Oscar for The Pianist in 2003 – an award he couldn't even accept in person without risking arrest.

Clearly, with all the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein and others, The Academy has only just decided it would be a good idea to wash their hands of these people.

"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," it 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."

The Academy is allowing Polanski to keep his Best Director award.