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Film Academy expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

Last Updated May 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm PDT

In this combination photo, Bill Cosby speaks to an audience on the campus of University of the District of Columbia in Washington on May 16, 2006 , left, and director Roman Polanski appears at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story," at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 27, 2017. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has voted to expel Cosby and Polanski from its membership. The film academy said Thursday that its board of governors met Tuesday night and voted on their status in accordance with their Standards of Conduct. (AP Photo)
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors votes to expel Cosby, Polanski

Cosby convicted of sexual assault, Polanski a fugitive after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor

LOS ANGELES – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has voted to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership.

The film academy said Thursday that its board of governors met Tuesday night and voted on their status in accordance with their Standards of Conduct.

The organization that puts on the Oscars also expelled Harvey Weinstein from its ranks in October.

Only one person is thought to have been previously expelled from the academy: Carmine Caridi, a character actor who had his membership revoked in 2004 for lending DVD screeners of films in contention for Oscars that ended up online.

Polanski remains a fugitive after fleeing the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. Cosby was convicted last week of sexual assault in Pennsylvania.