Motion Picture Academy Kicks Out Two High-Profile Members

May 3, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Following Bill Cosby’s conviction on sexual assault charges, the Motion Picture Academy booted Cosby and exiled director Roman Polanski, Vanity Fair reports.

In a statement today announcing the explusions of the two men as members of the Academy, the organization said: “The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the move follows new procedures for enforcing a Standards of Conduct code that was adopted by the group late last year in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Weinstein was expelled from the group in October.

“A five-time Oscar nominee, Polanski will keep the Oscar he was awarded in 2003 for directing ‘The Pianist,’ an award he couldn’t accept in person because he fled the United States in 1978, after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl,” THR reports.

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