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


John C
John C10 hours ago

I am happy that finally, Polanski will be in jail. He deserves it! I think that he never tell the truth about what he does and with whom if it can destroy his life. So I hope that petition will help him to go to prison. I'm very sorry for those who fell into the hands of such a bad person, and I'm very much here that in a short time the truth will be bogged down. We wrote about Pedro Alonso Lopez and I think he is the same as that man... If you need some very rare and cheap essay writing service uk you can write anytime! I am glad that people are not indifferent to what is happening...

Toni W
Toni W10 hours ago


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Angeles Madrazo
Angeles M21 hours ago

Thank you!!

Janis K
Janis Kyesterday

Thanks for sharing.

Jen S
Jen Syesterday

This certainly took far too long to occur. This woman, one of several, was 13 years old when this happened.

Winn A
Winn A1 days ago


Cathy B
Cathy B2 days ago

Thank you.

Kate G
Kate G2 days ago

good info

Justin M
Justin M2 days ago