Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey accused of sexual harassment, prompting an investigation


Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey has become the latest big-name Hollywood honcho to face sexual harassment accusations.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the organization that governs the Oscars — launched an investigation after three harassment allegations were made against Bailey on Wednesday, Variety reported Friday.

The nature of the accusations are currently unclear. The Academy addressed the report in a statement, without specifically naming Bailey.

“The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties,” reads the statement obtained by the Daily News. “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.”

The 75-year-old Bailey is in his first year as president of the Academy and is the 34th person to hold that title. He was voted into the position in August, which kicked off a four-year term.

The investigation comes five months after the Academy kicked out Harvey Weinstein amid a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him. His exodus was determined in a vote by Academy members.

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