Roman Polanski won’t be voting on the winners for the 93rd Academy Awards, a California judge decided today.
At a downtown hearing on Tuesday. LA Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel concluded that the disgraced Oscar winner had been given more than enough of a heads up by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018 before they tossed long time member Polanski out. As long hidden or accepted cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault were exposed in late 2017 and early 2018, the director was expelled for violating the AMPAS’ Code of Conduct with his rape of a 13-year girl in the 1970s and flight to Europe to escape American justice.
“Here, Petitioner was given the opportunity to present any evidence he deemed relevant to the Board’s consideration ‘of whether [he] should or should not remain a member of the Academy’ in light of his criminal conviction and fugitive status,” the LASC judge wrote in a tentative that was adopted as a final ruling at the end of today’s session in DTLA.
Back in May 2018 the Academy did say that the expulsion of Polanski and the now imprisoned Bill Cosby happened in part because “the Board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”
Having won the Best Director Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist, Polanski has been in self-imposed exile in Europe since he fled the U.S. 40 years ago after being convicted of rape over 40 years ago. With his French citizenship as a protective shield and the support of a number of prominent producers, studio bosses and talent over the years, the Polish-born filmmaker has successfully fended off various disorganized attempts by American officials to bring him back to face justice
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