Skip to comments.Film Academy Expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski From Membership
Posted on 05/04/2018 12:15:42 PM PDT by Maceman
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership ranks.
The decision to remove Cosby and Polanski from the membership was made Tuesday, May 1 at a scheduled board meeting.
The move comes a week after Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault brought against him by Andrea Constand. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by as many as 60 women, a few of which testified at the emotional hearing.
Polanski has been on the lam for 40 years, ever since fleeing the country while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape in 1978. The case has undergone a number of bizarre twists over the decades, as the L.A. County District Attorneys office has tried unsuccessfully to extradite him, and Polanski has tried unsuccessfully to resolve the case from afar.
Polanskis attorney, Harland Braun, told Variety that the director was not afforded an opportunity to defend himself to the Academy, which he says is at odds with the process outlined Academys new code of conduct. However, there is a provision allowing the board to act whether that process is followed or not.
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If the Film Academy expelled every sick freak, it would have zero membership.
Just to be fair, they should have waited just as long to expel Cosby as they waited to expel Polanski.
Have they been “investigating” Polanski for the last 50 years?
I have to refresh my memory. But as I recall, Polanski forced himself on the young girl, and a plea bargain was being negotiated. He was going to please guilty to a lesser charge, and would have avoided serious prison time. But instead, he fled to avoid justice, which adds other layers of charges against him, which have never been resolved.
Ironies abound, considering Harvey Weinstein and the me too movement. A few years ago, a number of Hollywood idiots wanted amnesty or freedom or some such drivel, for Roman Polanski. They made it sound as if he were being unjustly persecuted.
Too little, too late.
How much due process did Polanski give his victim? He ran away from America rather than allow due process to proceed. Now he’s all.abiut due process in how the Academy regulates membership?
Has he been paying his dues all these years?
so the sicko level goes down there by 0.000000000002 percent?
I think that stripping people of awards that were given for objective reasons having nothing to do with character because award-winners later do very bad things makes no sense. So the comments I'm about to make have nothing to do with the issue of stripping Polanski (or anyone else) of awards. Roman Polanski plied a THIRTEEN year old girl, whom he knew to be 13, who looked 13, with champagne and Quaaludes. He then cajoled her into having vaginal and anal intercourse with him, ignoring her pleas to let her call her mother. None of what I just wrote ever has been disputed by Roman Polanski. While the girl did not scream and fight for her life, she was not what one would call a “willing” participant and, in any case, since she was a mere THIRTEEN years old, her “consent” was legally moot because it was statutory rape.
Roman Polanski shouldn't be stripped of any awards he won for movies he directed because that wouldn't make sense. He directed a few great movies — Chinatown, for example — and he raped a 13 year old girl. Being a talented director and a rapist are not mutually exclusive.
Why not Harvey Weinstein? Or was he never a member of the elite organization?
Polanski ran away from the U. S. to France, and France greeted him with open legs.
Oh wow.......what a punishment.
It is kind of funny how Hollywood liberals think that Polanski, living in glorious luxury in Europe for 40 years is "punishment", and that he's somehow "already paid his debt to society".
Yes, I agree.
They only included Polanski so we wouldn’t see them for the racists they are.
They’re still hypocrites.
Okay. How about a compromise?
Polanski can remain a member of the Film Academy and I get to put a .45 ACP round in to the back of his head.
How does that work for you?
As to your offer to put a few shots in the back of Polanski's head...well, while I have no legal authority to authorize that, I CAN offer the opinion that it would at least be a sensible reaction to learning that Polanski had raped a 13 year old girl.
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