Academy President John Bailey reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment

Danny Woods
March 17, 2018

John Bailey, who was elected president of the organization previous year, is being investigated for sexual harassment, reports Variety.

Citing unnamed sources, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter said the Academy opened an investigation after receiving three claims of sexual harassment against John Bailey this week.

Bailey, 75, who shot films such as The Big Chill, Ordinary People and Groundhog Day, was elected to head the academy last August, three months before reports about Harvey Weinstein's alleged predations triggered a cascade of revelations and allegations about sexual misconduct by other powerful men.

The allegations come as the movie business is still reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Under Bailey's tenure, the Academy expelled Weinstein- who has consistently, through his spokesperson, denied any "non-consensual acts" and "acts of retaliation" - from its ranks and instituted a new "Standards of Conduct" to address sexual harassment and abuse claims.

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In December, the Academy adopted a code of conduct for its members. Disciplinary actions are considered by the full Board of Governors.

Academy President John Bailey is the latest big-name Hollywood honcho to face sexual harassment accusations. He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s.

The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

At the annual Oscar Nominees lunch in February, Bailey told the room that "We are witnessing this venerable Motion Picture Academy reinvent itself before our very eyes".

"There were concerns about whether a 75-year-old white man was best suited to lead the Academy at a time when it is making a push to diversify its membership", the site added. "Is this some sort of limiting factor?"

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