Academy President John Bailey accused of sexual harassment, prompting an investigation

Ruben Ruiz
March 17, 2018

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

According to the trade publication, the AMPAS received three harassment claims Wednesday and immediately opened a probe.

The 75-year-old Bailey is an acclaimed cinematographer, and has been president of the Academy since August, when he was elected to serve a four-year term.

These allegations against Bailey may undermine his post, which some already saw as questionable.

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

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For the first time, the Academy has a clear-cut process for investigating sexual harassment claims when they arise, and a prerogative to discipline or expel members they find guilty of abuses.

Bailey's credits include "Ordinary People", "American Gigolo", and "Groundhog Day". If the allegations are deemed serious enough, the committee may refer the issue to the board of governors, which can then vote to suspend or expel a member.

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". The 75-year-old, who succeeded Cheryl Boone Isaacs, upset some who questioned whether, as a white man, he was best suited for the Academy after pressure for the institution to diversity its membership. He is also known as a scholar of film history, and had a keen interest in how the crafts would be represented in the Academy's museum, which is now under construction.

When confronted with those complaints, Bailey told Variety a year ago: 'What you just said is bulls**t.

Lois Burwell is The Academy's vice president and would therefore be the next in line for the President position. Is this some sort of limiting factor?'

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