Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president accused of sexual harassment

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president accused of sexual harassment

John Bailey, who has been president of the Academy since a year ago, is now facing three harassment claims, according to Variety, who first reported the news.

The latest in a string of public relations crises to hit the academy in recent years, the accusations against Bailey come as the group itself has been navigating the sexual misconduct scandals that have reverberated across the entertainment industry in recent months, sparking the Time's Up movement that loomed large over this year's awards season up to and including the recent Oscar telecast.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is investigating three charges of sexual harassment against its president, John Bailey, that were filed Wednesday, according to a report in the trade publication Variety. If suspended or removed over the investigation, Bailey would be replaced by Academy first vice president and makeup artist Lois Burwell. The Academy also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated.

"The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties", the statement reads.

An investigation of Bailey will intensify scrutiny of the academy and its response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood. "We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed".

The academy is not the only awards body to launch an investigation into a senior figure.

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ET has reached out to both The Academy and Bailey for comment.

Bailey, 75, a well-respected cinematographer best knownfor his work on such films asAmerican Gigolo, The Big ChillandGroundhog Day, was just elected president of the Academy in August.

In December, the Academy established a code of conduct which provides that members may be disciplined or expelled for abuse, harassment or discrimination.

Under the policy, the Academy's Membership and Administration Committee reviews allegations. He would only hold that job, however, until July, when a new election would take place.

Calls and emails to Hudson and Bailey were not immediately returned.

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