Following him being found guilty of all three counts of aggravated indecent assault brought against him by accuser Andrea Constand, Bill Cosby has now lost a major element of his prestige in Hollywood.
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially voted to ultimately expel the fallen actor and comic from its membership ranks.
The Academy released a statement highlighting the decision to remove Cosby, along with director Roman Polanski, who fled the country while awaiting his sentencing for statutory rape in 1978, from the membership. According to Variety, the decision was made on Tuesday, May 1, at a scheduled board meeting.
Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by a total of 60 women, with a few of them testifying against him at the hearing.
According to the Academy's code, which was adopted in January, the Membership and Administration Committee may receive complaints and ask for a response from the accused member. Following those protocols, the member has a total of 10 days to provide a written response before the committee comes to a conclusion on discipline to the full board.
Polanski and Cosby are not the only members to be expelled recently. Repeated Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the Academy last year after exposés detailing allegations of his extensive actions of sexual harassment went public.
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