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16th Mar 2018

President of the Academy Awards reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment

Rory Cashin

The Academy have released an official statement in response to the allegations.

Following a year in which the Academy took just ten days to expel Harvey Weinstein once the New York Times story broke and then replaced Casey Affleck as the Best Actress presenter at this year’s ceremony, it has now been revealed that John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment.

In a report released by Variety, the Academy received three harassment claims during the week and immediately opened an investigation into the allegations.

Bailey was nominated the president of Academy in August 2017 and has made a career as a successful cinematographer, working on movies such as The Big Chill and Groundhog Day.

The Academy released the following statement in response to the allegations:

“The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties. 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. We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed.”

At the time of writing, no further details on the harassment claims have been made public.