Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski expelled from Oscars Academy

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Convicted sex offender and stand-up comic Bill Cosby and filmmaker Roman Polanski, who has a number of child sex abuse cases against him in the USA, will be expelled by the film academy now.

The Academy, which runs the Oscars, made the announced via a statement yesterday.

Comedy entertainer Bill Cosby was last week found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, relating to a 2004 incident in Philadelphia.

Polanski fled the U.S.in 1978 after being charged with statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the organisation that runs among other things, the annual Oscars) has expelled both actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from the academy.

Cosby has never actually won an Oscar, nonetheless, his name was removed from the website of the Television Academy on Wednesday.

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Former model Janice Dickinson, who has accused Cosby of raping her at his home in 1982, is suing Cosby for defamation.

Polanski's victim Samantha Geimer, who has sought to end the 41-year-old case against the fugitive director, on Thursday dismissed the Academy's decision to expel him as "an ugly and cruel action which serves only appearance".

Movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, was expelled last October for sexual misconduct.

"It's just shocking that the Academy would expel someone without a fair hearing", Bruan said in a telephone interview. It is the first time in Yale's 300-year history that an honorary degree has been rescinded, according to The Atlantic.

At its meeting on Tuesday (May 1st), the Academy's board of governors has voted to expel the comedian and the controversial director in line with new procedures for enforcing standards of conduct that it adopted in December in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal past year. "The board took this decision following Mr. Cosby's criminal conviction after he was afforded due process".

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