Film Academy Investigating President John Bailey For Sexual Harassment

Bailey speaks at the Foreign Language Film nominees cocktail reception in Beverly Hills California U.S

Three harassment claims against Bailey prompted the organization, which oversees the Academy Awards, to launch an investigation into the claims, Variety reports. According to Variety, the Academy received three complaints against Bailey on Wednesday of this week.

Since the appointment of Bailey, whose film credits include Groundhog Day, the academy has voted to expel Weinstein while the cinematographer has helped to establish a new code of conduct for the industry.

The reported investigation comes just months after the Academy voted in October to expel veteran Hollywood producer Weinstein following sexual harassment and assault allegations dating back decades.

The bombshell revelation comes as Hollywood's most powerful men face serious questions after studio bigwig Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual assault shocked the movie industry a year ago.

"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 statement said. If deemed credible, they can be forwarded to the full Board of Governors for consideration of discipline.

Lois Burwell is The Academy's vice president and would therefore be the next in line for the President position.

Representatives for Bailey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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.

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".

Upon his election to a four-year term, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs, there were concerns about whether a 75-year-old white man was best suited to lead the Academy at a time when it is making a push to diversify its membership.

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