Oscars president John Bailey is being investigated for sexual harassment

In December, the Academy adopted a code of conduct for its members.

John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, is under investigation for sexual harassment, Variety reports.

The Academy received three harassment claims earlier this week and opened an investigation immediately, sources close to the situation told Variety, which first broke the news of the probe today.

In a brief statement issued hours later, which did not name the president, the academy said it treated all complaints confidentially to protect all parties.

"We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed".

After receiving three harassment claims against him, John Bailey is being investigated for sexual harassment.


The investigation comes five months after The Academy kicked out Harvey Weinstein amid a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

Bailey did not respond to a request for comment.

"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 said in an email sent to members.

"There were concerns about whether a 75-year-old white man was best suited to lead the Academy at a time when it is making a push to diversify its membership", the site added.

To date, dozens of women have accused Weinstein of abuse, following reports in the New York Times and the New Yorker previous year about his treatment of women, including some of those with whom he's worked. Other Hollywood figures who have become ensnared in sexual misconduct controversies - including Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner - remain members of the group. He would only hold that job, however, until July, when a new election would take place. If forced to step aside he would be temporarily replaced by the vice-president, Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist.


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