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>> The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Thursday voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski. In a short statement the Academy said, quote, it continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy's values of respect for human dignity. Cosby and Polanski are the first known members expelled for violating a code of conduct the Academy adopted in December, following a surge of accusations of sexual harassment within the entertainment industry.
Cosby was known as America's dad for his fatherly role in the 1980's family comedy The Cosby Show. More than 50 women came forward in recent years to accuse the actor of drugging and raping them. He was convicted last week of sexual assault and faces up to 30 years in prison.
A representative for Cosby did not respond to a request for comment. Academy award winning film director Roman Polanski lives in France and fled the United States after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13 year old girl in 1977. A lawyer for Polanski told Reuters, quote, it's just shocking that the Academy would expel someone without a fair hearing.
They're in panic mode or something, I guess. They didn't give him a chance. Polanski and Cosby are two of only four members known to have been expelled by the Academy. Producer and mogul Harvey Weinstein was kicked out in October after several women accused him of decades-long abuse, revelations that kickstarted the #MeTooMovement.
Weinstein denies having nonconsensual sex with anyone. Actor Carmine Caridi, was expelled in 2004 for distributing copies of film screeners sent to Academy members