Actor Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski have both been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences citing its conduct standards in the organization in a statement released this week.
“The board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” stated the Academy.
Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in Philadelphia last week. The comedienne is set to be sentenced at a later date and faces up to ten years in prison and fines of $25,000 per count. He will also have to undergo an assessment so that authorities can determine whether or not he qualifies as a violent sexual predator.
Roman Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 after he was charged with the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. Over the years, the director has continued his career in Europe, even winning an Oscar in 2003 for directing the World War II drama, “The Pianist.”
Producer Harvey Weinstein was also expelled from the Academy last October after allegations of sexual misconduct about the producer surfaced. At the time, some critics in Hollywood felt AMPAS was exercising a double standard for not taking a similar action against Polanski sooner.