Published: Sat, March 17, 2018

Film Academy President John Bailey Faces Sexual Harassment Investigation

Film Academy President John Bailey Faces Sexual Harassment Investigation

The academy, which recently changed its membership rules to increase diversity in Hollywood, said in a statement that it treats all complaints confidentially.

The investigation comes in the midst of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual harassment and inequality.

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

Bailey, the cinematographer of Groundhog Day, was elected Academy president in August.

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. "We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed".

The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday and immediately opened a probe, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Bailey did not respond to a request for comment. If suspended or removed over the investigation, Bailey would be replaced by Academy first vice president and makeup artist Lois Burwell.

Details of the sexual harassment allegations, including the names of the alleged victims, were not immediately released.

Under the policy, the Academy's Membership and Administration Committee reviews allegations. In December, Bailey established a code of conduct outlining disciplinary action for sexual misconduct or discrimination of any kind.

Following that move, the 75-year-old Bailey wrote to members, "The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers".

John Bailey, a veteran cinematographer who heads the film industry's trade group, is facing three harassment allegations, Variety reported on Friday. He would only hold that job, however, until July, when a new election would take place.

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