Film academy president accused of sexual harassment

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17 March, 2018

The trade publication said the Academy immediately opened an investigation after receiving three harassment claims against Bailey on Wednesday.

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.

In December, the academy outlined new standards of conduct that its members are expected to uphold, stating that the group is "categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality".

After dozens of stars accused media mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, the Academy determined any member found guilty of abuse could face disciplinary action or be removed.

Some within the organization, however, have wrestled in recent months with the implications of requiring the academy to police its members' behaviour. If the matter is deemed serious enough, refer it to the Board of Governors.

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.

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ET has reached out to both The Academy and Bailey for comment. He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s.

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

He succeeded Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the position, the Academy's first black president.

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

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

If Bailey decides to step down, he would be replaced by Academy Vice President Lois Burwell, a make-up artist, until the next election in July. Is this some sort of limiting factor?'


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