Academy President John Bailey Reportedly Being Investigated Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Academy President John Bailey Reportedly Being Investigated Over Sexual Harassment Allegations”

John Bailey, a veteran cinematographer who heads the film industry's trade group, is facing three harassment allegations, Variety reported on Friday.

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was memorably expelled from the Academy less than 10 days after the New York Times' bombshell report that accused him of decades of sexual harassment and abuse.

The president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the organisation that hands out the Oscars, is reportedly being investigated for sexual misconduct. 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.

Bailey's election last summer was somewhat of a surprise given the 7,000-member organization's efforts to be more inclusive; many members have been pushing for more women and ethnic minorities in AMPAS' ranks and leadership.

Under the policy, the Academy's Membership and Administration Committee reviews allegations.

Bailey couldn't be reached for comment.

Bailey, 75, a cinematographer whose credits include "Groundhog Day" and "The Big Chill", was elected to a four-year term as head of the Academy in August.

One of those Board of Governors members who would be part of such a vote is Bailey's wife, Carol Littleton, from the Film Editors branch. It did mark a victory for below-the-line workers in the group, many of whom have been wary of growing attention to high-profile actors and directors.

In February, Bailey told the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees that the 90-year-old organisation was reinventing itself with programs committed to inclusion and diversity "in today's era of a greater awareness and responsibility in balancing gender, race, ethnicity and religion.". I was born a white man, and I can't help it that I'm 75 years old.

He is a noted film history buff, and has been invested in the creation of the Academy's new museum now under construction.

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