Oscars president John Bailey 'facing sexual harassment investigation'

Oscars president John Bailey 'facing sexual harassment investigation'

Oscars president John Bailey 'facing sexual harassment investigation'

The veteran U.S. movie director and cinematographer was elected to the four-year term as president of the Academy in August and has overseen the backlash against sexual misconduct in Hollywood following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. 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 longtime AMPAS member had been president of the Cinematographers branch and previously served as a VP.

A rep for the Academy and Bailey did not immediately return Fox News' requests for comment.

Bailey has worked in Hollywood for more than forty years, shooting such films as The Big Chill, Groundhog Day and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

An investigation of Bailey will intensify scrutiny of the academy and its response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood.

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". Decide to take no action; b. If deemed credible, they can be forwarded to the full Board of Governors for consideration of discipline.

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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.

Calls and emails to Hudson and Bailey were not immediately returned.

Bailey was elected president of the institution in August. 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.

Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey speaks at the Foreign Language Film nominees cocktail reception in Beverly Hills, California, US, March 2, 2018.

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