Academy President John Bailey
Academy President John Bailey

 

Three claims of harassment were brought to the academy on Wednesday, Variety says

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President John Bailey is under investigation for accusations of sexual harassment, Variety reports.

The Academy received three harassment claims on Wednesday, then immediately began an inquiry into the matter, the report said. If suspended or removed over the investigation, Bailey would be replaced by Academy first vice president and makeup artist Lois Burwell.

Bailey did not respond to requests for comment. The Academy did not respond to numerous requests for comment on the matter. The matter is reportedly being investigated by a subcommittee being led by casting director David Rubin.

The 74-year-old cinematographer was elected to his position last August, and was the first-ever president from the cinematographers branch of the organization that chooses the annual Academy Award winners.

The accusations come after months of upheaval in show business after the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The academy revoked Weinstein’s membership after dozens of women came forward accusing him of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. Weinstein has consistently denied any nonconsensual sex.

In December, the academy issued renewed “standards of conduct” in December to which it expects its members to adhere.

“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency,” the standards read. “The Academy 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.”

Bailey’s films include “American Gigolo,” “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “Groundhog Day,” “The Way, Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.” He has never been nominated for an Oscar for his work.