LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stated on Thursday (May three) that it has expelled actor Bill Cosby and movie director Roman Polanski from its membership in gentle of the sexual assault instances towards each males.
The Academy’s board of governors met on Tuesday night time and voted to strip each males of membership “in accordance with the organisation’s Standards of Conduct,” stated a press release from the physique which fingers out the Oscars.
“The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” it added.
Cosby, as soon as the darling of American tv, has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of girls.
A 12-member Pennsylvania jury found the 80-year-old comic responsible on three counts of sexual assault on April 26 for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004. He faces as much as 30 years in jail at his sentencing later this yr.
Polanski, who lives in France, for his half is needed within the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old woman in 1977.
The veteran 84-year-old director of Rosemary’s Baby for years has been in search of to barter a deal within the case with US authorities.
‘ALL JUST PR’
Polanski’s sufferer Samantha Geimer, who has sought to finish the 41-year-old case towards the fugitive director, on Thursday dismissed the Academy’s resolution to expel him as “an ugly and cruel action which serves only appearance.”
“It does nothing to change the sexist culture in Hollywood today and simply proves that they will eat their own to survive,” she stated in a press release.
“I say to Roman, good riddance to bad rubbish, the Academy has no true honour, it’s all just PR.”
The Academy final October additionally voted to expel disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in response to allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
The physique’s 54-member board of governors contains among the largest names within the trade, amongst them Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Academy in December adopted a code of conduct for its 6,000-plus members after dozens of girls got here ahead to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.
Its personal president was investigated earlier this yr and cleared of any wrongdoing after a sexual harassment criticism was filed towards him.
Apart from Weinstein, Cosby and Polanski, just one different Academy member has been booted from the group in its 91-year historical past. Godfather actor Carmine Caridi was thrown out in 2004 after he shared screeners that had been later pirated.
The newest expulsions come because the film trade reels from the assault allegations towards Weinstein which prompted a world uproar and inspired legions of girls to share their very own expertise of sexual harassment or rape underneath the hashtag #MeToo.