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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has filed a defense of its decision to expel director Roman Polanski last year, saying he was given a fair opportunity to challenge the decision.

Polanski sued the Academy in April on the grounds that the Academy had failed to follow its own procedures when it voted to kick him out in 2018.

Polanski was convicted in 1978 of raping a 13-year-old girl, but fled to France before he could be sentenced. He has remained in exile ever since. He and Bill Cosby were expelled from Academy membership in 2018 for violations of the organization’s standards of conduct.

In its response, the Academy said the board considered voluminous materials submitted by Polanski on appeal, including more than 400 pages of exhibits and a detailed memo from his attorney. Polanski also recorded a videotaped statement directly addressing the Board of Governors.

According to the Academy, the board watched the video at its regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 10, 2018. This was followed by a lengthy discussion, and the board agreed to continue the matter to its Jan. 26 meeting so that any absent members could be heard. At that meeting, the board voted to uphold the expulsion by a margin exceeding the two-thirds threshold.

“The Academy’s own Bylaws make clear that the Board enjoys broad discretion to expel members for cause and do all other acts necessary or expedient for the administration of the affairs and attainment of the Academy’s mission and purposes,” the Academy’s lawyers wrote. “Moreover, the board has discretion to determine the procedure for a hearing or investigation.”

3 responses to “Academy Defends Decision to Expel Roman Polanski”

  1. Dave Jordon says:

    Maybe if Polanski told them he is a loyal Trump supporter then that way Trump and his dogs will begin to believe him, so that he would get that pardon. As it is a known fact Trump and his dropout supporters supports pedophilia of all kinds, as long as you are loyal to Trump and the corrupt Republican party. Here is a list of some of Trump’s best people who respects women wholeheartedly, wife hitter Rob Porter, Stephen Moore to be the treasury and an alleged rapist Brett Kavanuagh to name a few.

  2. Dave Jordon says:

    “Polanski was convicted in 1978 of raping a 13-year-old girl”

    And had Polanksi been a Republican it would have been easily be swept under the rug which is why all those pedo priests get away with it for so long. And who can forget Roy Moore in which Trump is on the side of him than he is with Moore’s women, and vice versa. Since we have lap dog mouth pieces like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingrhaam, Tucker Carlson( I like to call “F” ucker Carlson) to Lou Dobbs to Judge Janine keeping their dropout base in line and happy as it is their official duty to tell them what they want to hear. Fox news pundits support pedophilia as long as you are willing to put the effort to deny that it even happened in the first place.