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The Oscars expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski
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The Oscars expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

News author: Deborah Ross  /  2020-05-08 13:17:15

It was May 4, 2018. The Academy Awards committee that nominates the Oscar awards, expels Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

Since the academy did not consider the presence of the actor and director indispensable, in 2018 he decided to expel them because of the accusations of sexual violence and harassment.

At the time, the commission decided to expel the two, stating that the board could do without it.

In 2018 Roman Polanski had just been found guilty of sexual assault by the Swiss police who sentenced him for a rape in the city of Gstaad in 1972, against a 15-year-old teenager.

Bill Cosby in 2018 had been charged with various sexual assaults. Nowadays we know what has happened over the past two years.

Roman Polanski's attorney in 2018 said that the director was «blinded» by the decision of the Academy Awards, the organization presiding over the Oscars, and that the decision to expel him due to «ethical standards» defined as «unsuitable» was not admissible. Lawyer Harland Braun said Polanski would have asked to be heard by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and would have asked to stay in the prestigious organization. Braun added that his team had been ready to present a defense at the top of the Academy, but that he had never had the opportunity.

As we know this year Polanski has received many awards for the film the officer and the spy, a film based on the story of the Dreyfus affair. All this has obviously generated criticism especially from the actress Adele Haenel. As for Cosby, he asked to serve his house due to the pandemic, although in reality he never really served his sentence.

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