Hollywood Academy President Faces Sexual-Harassment Allegations

Calvin Saunders
March 18, 2018

Academy President John Bailey is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment. The report also stated that three claims of sexual harassment were filed against John Bailey on March 14.

Bailey, a cinematographer, was elected president of the institution in August past year.

"The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties", the group said in a statement released Friday afternoon. The Academy also has stated that it would not comment further on the issue until a full review is completed on the same.

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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". Bailey did not respond to a request for comment. In January, the Academy adopted a new code of conduct that allows for the expulsion of members for abuse, harassment, or discrimination. The revelations spurred the Academy to review its internal policies, and under Bailey's direction, the organization developed a new internal procedure for handling allegations against its members. He has almost 90 films to his credit including "The Big Chill", "Groundhog Day", "Ordinary People" and "As Good As It Gets".

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Dozens of high-profile men have been fired or have resigned from their jobs in politics, media, entertainment and business after facing accusations of sexual misconduct, including Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

If Bailey is forced to step down due to the allegations, Variety reports, he would be replaced temporarily by Academy vice president Lois Burwell until the next election, which will be in July.

After that, "allegations must be substantiated by clear evidence of behavior that violates the Academy's Standards of Conduct".

When asked about that by Variety a year ago, Bailey said, "What you just said is bulls-".

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