Success! Oscars Academy Expels Roman Polanski

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival has already begun, but film director Roman Polanski won’t be attending — even though he now lives in France. 40 years ago, he fled the United States to avoid jail time for raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.

And Geimer is not the only woman to accuse him of sexual assault.

Last October California artist Marianne Barnard filed an official report with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging that Polanski sexually assaulted her when she was just 10 years old. Barnard became the fifth woman to accuse Polanski of child sexual abuse.

Bernard also created a Care2 petition calling on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the group responsible for the Oscars — to revoke Polanski’s board membership. That petition garnered over 20,000 signatures.

Care2 Success!

On May 1, the Academy announced that it had voted to expel both Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby  from membership.

As Barnard wrote on her petition:

The Academy has officially booted Polanski from membership. Thank you so much to everyone who signed this petition and used your advocacy to keep a violent predator out of positions of prestige.

Petitions make a difference

Barnard explains her story as follows:

When I was 10 years old, Roman Polanski photographed me naked under an open fur coat on the rocks at deserted Will Rogers State beach in Malibu. I believe my mother arranged the encounter.

The sexual abuse continued from there, but Barnard never spoke of it to anyone. She told Care2, “After it happened, I never said anything to anyone. I wish I had. Maybe other girls wouldn’t have been molested by Polanski – a convicted statutory rapist – too.”

Her petition goes on to list the details of all five women bringing sexual assault charges against Polanski.

Barnard has said that watching the downfall of Harvey Weinstein inspired her to step forward after so much time had passed. 

The expulsion of Polanski and Cosby is the first major decision by the Academy since it revised its standards of conduct following the removal of Weinstein last October.

Over the past year, we have seen some remarkably courageous women step forward, breaking the culture of silence around high-profile abusers. These individuals include Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, who denounced Harvey Weinstein, and the brave young athletes who were routinely assaulted by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar over a period of 20 years.

Now we applaud Marianne Barnard for her courage in seeking justice against Roman Polanski, whose history with young girls is especially disturbing.

Congratulations to Barnard — and to all the Care2 members who signed her petition – for this success.

If you’re inspired by this success and want to raise awareness about an injustice, why not create your own Care2 petition? You’ll find it’s easy: Begin by checking out these guidelines and make your voice heard today!

 

Photo Credit: Ambrose Heron/Flickr

68 comments

Shirley P
Shirley P22 days ago

JUSTICE FINALLY!!!!

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ANA MARIJA R
ANA MARIJA Rabout a month ago

I thank myself and to other 19 999 active Care2 members for the first encouraging news today

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Teresa W
Teresa W1 months ago

Irene, don't forget that rehabilitating Galileo took the Church only 300 years.

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Teresa W
Teresa W1 months ago

thanks

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Ron Loynes
Ron Loynes1 months ago

There is no success in this. It is only showing our ignorance and prejudice about things that Americans have no say in.

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Tania N
Tania N1 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania N1 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania N1 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania N1 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Irene S
Irene S1 months ago

This is great! And it took them only 40 years.

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