The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted to expel performer Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski, the organization announced Thursday. Both Cosby and Polanski have been convicted of sex crimes.
In a statement to multiple outlets, the Academy says that both men violated 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, ” the statement said.
The news goes less than a week after a jury in Philadelphia reached a verdict in Cosby’s retrial lawsuit for sexual assault. Cosby was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand during a 2004 incident at his suburban home. The guilty verdict, handed down for felony worsened indecent assault, could see the 80 -year-old comedian live out the rest of his days behind bars.
Polanski, meanwhile, is losing his Academy status several years after fleeing to France while facing jail day over a plea deal that saw him plead guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13 -year-old in 1978.
The news comes 15 years after Polanski was given the award for Best Director in 2003 by the Academy for his movie “The Pianist.”
As for Cosby, this isn’t the only prestigious organization to consider giving him the boot this week. The Tv Academy said it is reviewing Bill Cosby’s inclusion in the Academy’s Hall of Fame following his sexual assault conviction.
Although the Academy hasn’t decided whether he’ll remain in the Hall of Fame, Cosby’s name had previously been removed a list of Hall of Fame honorees on the Academy’s website.
A bust of Cosby no longer will be part of a rotating Walk of Fame exhibit honoring Tv heavyweights at the Academy’s Los Angeles headquarters, an Academy spokesman said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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