Roman Polanski expelled from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for raping a minor

Reportedly a judge on tuesday denied Roman Polanski’s request to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards two years after he was expelled from it for raping a minor. The fugitive film director sued in april 2019, asking the court to compel the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make him a member in good standing again. A year earlier, the academy made the rare move of expelling Polanski and Bill Cosby, months after ending the membership of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Polanski appealed the decision, and in january 2019 the academy rejected his appeal. Los Angeles Superior court Judge Mary Strobel on tuesday ruled that the academy had a right to expel Polanski, afforded him a fair hearing and gave him sufficient notice of his expulsion. She adopted a tentative ruling that she had issued earlier on tuesday as her final order. Harland Braun, Polanski’s lawyer said the 87 year old director has no plans to appeal Strobel’s decision.

An email seeking comment from academy officials wasn’t immediately returned. In 2019 the academy said in a statement that “the procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. Polanski, who won a best director oscar for The Pianist in 2003, remains a fugitive after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 and fleeing the united states the following year. He has been living in europe since. He had been an academy member for nearly 50 years at the time of his expulsion, and his films had been nominated for 28 Oscars.

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