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Head of Motion Picture Academy now under investigation for sexual harassment

Three separate complaints were filed Wednesday

by Alexa Liautaud
Mar 17 2018, 1:03am

As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sear through Hollywood, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has come under investigation for sexual harassment.

John Bailey, who's headed the organization since last August, is the subject of three sexual harassment complaints that were all made Wednesday, Variety reported Friday. The reports prompted the Academy to immediately open an investigation.

In a statement to Variety, the Academy said it “treats any complaints confidentiality 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,” the statement read.

The Academy added it wouldn’t comment further until a full review was completed, though a timeline was not given.

The Academy, which oversees the Oscars, has undergone significant changes in its code of conduct since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke wide open last October. The Academy’s board, which includes Bailey, voted to expel Weinstein, and had "well in excess of the two-thirds majority" to do so. Actor Casey Affleck also withdrew from presenting the Best Actress Award at the Oscars after several sexual harassment allegations against him.

In January, the Academy adopted a new set of rules to discipline misconduct, which includes anonymously reporting claims to the Academy website or membership department.

"If any member is found by the Board of Governors to have violated these standards or to have compromised the integrity of the Academy by their actions, the Board of Governors may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy’s Bylaws, including suspension or expulsion,”the Academy said at the time.

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