The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Hollywood (Ampaas) decided to expel the director Roman Polanski and actor Bill Cosby the first fugitive from US justice 40 years ago , accused of rape, and the second, convicted this week to be found guilty of three cases of sexual abuse.
Harvey Weinstein had already been expelled from the Hollywood Academy last year after several articles published in the New Yorker and the New York Times will detail years of accusations of sexual harassment against the now-disgraced film producer, a scandal that revived old episodes and drew the curtain on many more recent ones.
The statement issued today by the entity that annually awards the Oscar Awards, says: "The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel the actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from their membership ranks " and adds that the decision was made on Tuesday, May 1 at a scheduled meeting.
The move comes a week after Cosby, 80, was convicted on three charges of indecent assault aggravated against him by Andrea Constand.
On Polanski, 84, the American Film Academy indicated that "has been a fugitive for 40 years, since he fled the country while awaiting the legal sentence for rape in 1978," occurred during a party.
Polanski admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles, in 1977, made by the one who fled the United States in 1978, before receiving his sentence and that prevented him from collecting the Oscar that won for best director in 2003 for "El Pianista".
Later, other accusations of women against the filmmaker have appeared, such as the one of the Californian photographer and painter Marianne Barnard, who affirmed that she was sexually harassed by the filmmaker during a photographic session in which the filmmaker portrayed her naked.