Academy President John Bailey is Being Investigated For Sexual Harassment

Wendy Jensen
March 17, 2018

In a brief statement issued hours later, which did not name the president, the academy said it treated all complaints confidentially to protect all parties.

The Academy also replaced Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010, as the presenter of the best actress award at this year's Oscars.

The Academy received three claims of sexual harassment against Bailey on Wednesday and began an investigation, according to U.S. celebrity news sites Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Bailey, 75, who was elected president of the organization in August, is a cinematographer and occasional director.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has allegedly received three harassment claims made against Bailey on Wednesday, according to Variety. Just seven months into a four-year term, if Bailey is forced to leave his position, the Academy's vice president, Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist, would take over until an election could be held in July.

The organisation also insisted there would be no further statements "until the full review is completed".

The Academy maintains the ability to discipline or dismiss members who commit misconduct as part of its conduct guidelines, according to Variety.

In October, the board of governors of the 90-year-old institution - including such luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Tom Hanks - voted to expel disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein from the group's ranks following multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault against him.

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At a February lunch for this year's Oscar nominees, Bailey promised the Academy would adopt a "greater awareness and responsibility in balancing gender, race, ethnicity, and religion".

In the months since then, the Academy has also unveiled a new code of conduct and a new claims process. He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s.

Calls and emails to Hudson and Bailey were not immediately returned. These committees meet at least once a year to review candidates for membership and, where applicable, to debate and approve changes to the Academy Awards Rules.

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