Bill Cosby’s legacy continues to be reversed and revoked.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday its decision to expel Bill Cosby, as well as Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski who pled guilty to the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
According to a statement from the Academy, the Board of Governors met Tuesday and voted to expel both members.
Polanski fled the U.S. in 1978 while awaiting sentencing and has continued making films, winning the Oscar for Best Director in 2002 for “The Pianist”.
“The Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity,” the Academy statement said.
And The Kennedy Center followed a similar suit, rescinding two artistic achievements previously awarded to Cosby.
“Today the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts voted to rescind two artistic achievement awards the institution had previously bestowed upon Bill Cosby: the Kennedy Center Honors (1998) and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor,” the Center said in a statement obtained by ET Canada.
Last Wednesday, the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame removed any evidence of Cosby’s induction in 1992 after the legendary television star was found guilty on all charges of sexual assault in a retrial.
Cosby’s name has officially been wiped from the Academy’s website, while a physical statue of “The Cosby Show” lead will not be placed in the new Saban Media Center’s courtyard.
“All references to Mr. Cosby were removed from the website,” a spokesperson for the Academy told Deadline. Every honourees’ bust was “removed during construction of the new Saban Media Center,” the spokesperson explained, “and at the time it was announced that they would be rotated from storage into the courtyard. We have no plans to place Mr. Cosby’s bust in the courtyard.”
No other Hall of Fame recipient has ever had their honours revoked.
Last week it was revealed several universities and colleges had rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees.