Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Hollywood Academy President Faces Sexual-Harassment Allegations

Hollywood Academy President Faces Sexual-Harassment Allegations

John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment. Bailey is under investigation for sexual harassment, according to a Variety report released on March 16, 2018.

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. Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein was thrown out of the Academy previous year in light of the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

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". The Membership Committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our Standards of Conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the Board of Governors. The onslaught against him that began last October led the Academy to take drastic measures against the veteran producer, who had ushered many films to Oscar success, by expelling him for life and implementing a new code of conduct. Disciplinary actions are considered by the full Board of Governors.

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Bailey's election was historic in that he was the first "below the line" industry worker to be chosen as Academy president since the 1980s.

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

Bailey's appointment this summer didn't come without controversy.

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Once a cosy club tasked with hosting a night of glamour and self-congratulation, the academy has in recent years been buffeted by cultural currents, amplified by social media, demanding an end to discrimination against women and people of colour. If forced to step aside he would be temporarily replaced by the vice-president, Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist.

He told Variety at the time, "What you just said is bulls-t. Is this some sort of limiting factor?"

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