Academy Expels Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski

Irene MckinneyMay 04, 2018

The Academy said in a statement its Board of Governors met on Tuesday and voted to remove Cosby and Polanski, who had been members since 1996 and 1969, respectively.

Cosby and Polanski are only the third and fourth known persons expelled from the Academy. I myself had forgotten that Polanski actually pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor in 1978; he fled the country before sentencing, not before trial.

Voting an Academy member out is quite rare-it has only happened four times in its 90-year history. Dozens and dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of similar acts over the decades. Since Cosby's conviction, reruns of The Cosby Show have been pulled from Bounce TV, and the Television Academy has removed his name from their site. "Bill Cosby was labeled as guilty because the media and accusers said so".

Cosby was convicted last week in Pennsylvania on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Polanski has lived in exile in France since being accused of raping a teenager. Yet in the case of Polanski, this is really too little too late.

The move by the Academy is no surprise: It also expelled disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein from its ranks past year. In October of past year, it voted to evict Harvey Weinstein from its ranks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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. Through his lawyer, Weinstein continues to say he never had non-consensual sex.

In 2004 actor Carmine Caridi was expelled for distributing copies of films that are sent to Academy members.

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