Film Academy president John Bailey faces sexual harassment investigation (report)

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President John Bailey is under investigation for allegations 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.

16 PHOTOS
Film Academy president John Bailey
See Gallery
Film Academy president John Bailey
Motion Picture Academy President John Bailey speaks at the Foreign Language Film nominees cocktail reception in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., March 2, 2018. REUTERS/David McNew
90th Oscars Nominees Luncheon? Arrivals ? Los Angeles, California, U.S., 05/02/2018 ? President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Patrick Stewart (L) and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey pose at the Scientific and Technical Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., February10, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, speaks at the construction site for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures during a press briefing in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Editor Carol Littleton and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: John Bailey attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 01: Master Chef Wolfgang Puck listens to Academy President John Bailey at his master chef table during Governors Ball Press Preview on March 1, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor and host Sir Patrick Stewart (L) and Academy president John Bailey arrive for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Ceremony, on February 10, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Director Steven Spielberg (L) and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: AMPAS President John Bailey attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Actor Timothee Chalamet and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 05: Actor/singer Mary J. Blige (L) and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 08: President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bailey speaks during The Art of Cinematography discussion on day three of the 14th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 8, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)
Director Agnes Varda confers with the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president John Bailey during a brunch celebrating her career organized by the French Consulate in Los Angeles at La Residence de France, on November 12, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Dawn Hudson (L) and John Bailey attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences new members party at Spencer House on October 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 29: Cinematographer John Bailey attends The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts 'Oscars Outdoors' with a screening of 'Groundhog Day' at Oscars Outdoors on June 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

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.

19 PHOTOS
Oscars 2018: Couples on the red carpet
See Gallery
Oscars 2018: Couples on the red carpet
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Joe LoCicero and Gina Rodriguez attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Joe LoCicero and Gina Rodriguez -- whose hair was styled by Tresemme -- attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Sam Rockwell (L) and Leslie Bibb attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
US actress Kelly Ripa (L) and her husband Mark Consuelos kiss as they arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Kelly Ripa (L) and her husband Mark Consuelos arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Andy Serkis and Lorraine Ashbourne attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Patrick Stewart (L) and Sunny Ozell attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Miguel (R) and Nazanin Mandi attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Composer Hans Zimmer and Suzanne Zimmer attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
US writer Janet Mock (R) and her husband Aaron Tredwell arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Kumail Nanjiani (L) and Emily V. Gordon attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Mark Hamill (R) and Marilou Hamill attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Viola Davis (R) and Julius Tennon attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Kate Capshaw (L) and Steven Spielberg attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Judd Apatow (L) and Leslie Mann attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Molly Sims and producer Scott Stuber attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Greta Gerwig (L) and Noah Baumbach attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story