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Oscar chief being investigated for sexual misconduct

Oscar chief being investigated for sexual misconduct

John Bailey, president of Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Hollywood, which annually awards Oscars, is being investigated after being subjected to several allegations of sexual harassment.

The man overseeing the Academy's response to the #MeToo movement is now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, sources tell Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

In January, the Academy moved forward with a new Standards of Conduct initiative on the heels of expelling Oscar-winning director and AMPAS member Harvey Weinstein.

The Academy responded to the reports Friday with the following statement: "The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties".

Academy rules stipulate that the Membership and Administration Committee review all misconduct allegations.

The academy says it will not comment further until its full review has been completed, but it did not give any indication of when that might be.

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Bailey was elected AMPAS president in August.

Mr Bailey, 75, has not yet commented on the reports. The organization also set up a claims process, which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated.

Bailey has worked as a cinematographer for more than 40 years.

He followed Cheryl Boone Isaacs, an African-American woman who had led the charge to increase racial diversity in the Academy. Bailey has been a member of the Board of Governors since the 1980s. Under these guidelines, claims can be submitted through a link on the Academy website or by calling the Academy's membership department.

When asked about that by Variety past year, Bailey said, "What you just said is bulls-". Should the academy choose to let Bailey go, Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist, will fill the role until the next election in July.


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