Film Academy Investigating President John Bailey For Sexual Harassment

Film Academy Investigating President John Bailey For Sexual Harassment

In a brief statement issued hours later, which did not name the president, the academy said it treated all complaints confidentially to protect all parties. According to a document sent to members, individuals will be able to report misconduct through an online form the academy plans to launch in the summer of 2018, or by phone to the academy's membership department.

Variety reported that the academy, which has a staff of 350 people, opened an investigation on Wednesday upon receiving the complaints.

"We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed".

But Bailey's alleged actions put the academy in the precarious position of choosing how to handle potential misconduct at the organization's highest level. Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein was thrown out of the Academy past year in light of the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

In January, the academy proposed a new standards of conduct as part of the organization's attempt to respond to the sexual harassment and assault scandals.

Bailey has worked as a cinematographer for more than 40 years. 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.

Harvey Weinstein, whose studio Miramax was behind hits such as "Shakespeare In Love" and "Pulp Fiction", was expelled from the Academy in October following accusations of sexual harassment and abuse by dozens of women.

The Academy also unveiled a new code of conduct in December in response to the allegations against him and others.

In the academy election Bailey defeated the actor Laura Dern to head the group.

If forced to step down, Bailey would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy's vice president, until the next election in July, according to Variety.

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