Academy Awards launches sex harassment investigation of its president

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

The organisation also insisted there would be no further statements "until the full review is completed".

Bailey, 75, a well-respected cinematographer best knownfor his work on such films asAmerican Gigolo, The Big ChillandGroundhog Day, was just elected president of the Academy in August. That followed an avalanche of sexual assault and harassment claims exposed in reports in the New York Times and the New Yorker, leading to a wave of claims in all reaches of Hollywood and beyond and the formation of the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements. Boone Isaacs' tenure was marked by efforts to include more women and minorities in the academy's overwhelmingly older, white male membership, while Bailey's stint as president has pretty much coincided with the sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked Hollywood since Harvey Weinstein was accused of multiple misdeeds last fall.

"The Academy's goal is not to be an investigative body, but rather ensure that when a grievance is made, it will go through a fair and methodical process", CEO Dawn Hudson wrote at the time. However, the institution said it was now investigating Bailey's behavior in all three instances. Decide to take no action; b.




In December, the Academy issued renewed "standards of conduct" to which it expects its members to adhere.

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. If the matter is deemed serious enough, refer it to the Board of Governors. He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s.

Berk denied the allegation, while Bailey could not immediately be contacted.

The host, Jimmy Kimmel, set the #MeToo tone of the event by joking that the Oscar statue set an example for Hollywood: "He keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and literally doesn't have a penis".

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