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Bill Cosby expelled from the Film Academy

EXPELLED: Bill Cosby's Academy membership has been revoked

BILL COSBY has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

The Academy, which runs the Oscars, made the announced via a statement yesterday.

The announcement comes days after Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting former basketball player Andrea Constand.

Director Roman Polanski, who fled to France in the late 70s after admitting a charge of statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, has also been expelled from the Academy. The decision to award PolanskI the Oscar for best director in 2003 has not been revoked.

The Academy’s board “voted to expel actor Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership in accordance with the organisation's standards of conduct,” a statement read.

The Academy has also removed Cosby’s name from its website.

Former model Janice Dickinson, who has accused Cosby of raping her at his home in 1982, is suing Cosby for defamation.

Reacting to the news, Dickinson said: “[We are] delighted at this news...Every time an organization expels this convicted felony sex offender or revokes an honorary degree, it is standing with brave women like Andrea Constand who fought so long for justice.”

Last year Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was stripped of membership amid a string of accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

It is understood that only four people have been expelled from the Academy in its 91-year history.

On Wednesday Yale University announced that it has stripped Cosby of his honorary degree. It is the first time in Yale’s 300-year history that an honorary degree has been rescinded, according to The Atlantic.

In a statement, Yale said: "The decision is based on a court record providing clear and convincing evidence of conduct that violates fundamental standards of decency shared by all members of the Yale community, conduct that was unknown to the board at the time the degree was awarded. The board took this decision following Mr. Cosby's criminal conviction after he was afforded due process.”

Prior to his conviction, amid the many allegations made against him, more than 20 other American higher education institutes revoked honorary degrees awarded to Cosby.

The comedian faces up to 30 years in prison. He has not yet been sentenced.

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