Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski Kicked Out of Motion Picture Academy

Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski

Bill Cosby’s fall from grace continues.

The governing board that hands out Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has removed Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its ranks, the organization said on Thursday.

The academy said the board made its decision on Tuesday to get rid of both men because of its new standards of conduct, which came as a response to sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, HuffPost reports. 

“The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” the organization said in a statement to HuffPost.

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Cosby was found guilty last week of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his Pennsylvania home in 2004.

Polanski, who won a Best Director Oscar in 2002 for The Pianist, pled guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He left the U.S. prior to his sentencing and has been living in France since.


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