Academy president accused of sexual harassment

Bailey speaks at the Foreign Language Film nominees cocktail reception in Beverly Hills California U.S

According to Variety, which first broke the story, and The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday three complaints were lodged against John Bailey, the current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

According to Variety, three complaints of sexual harassment were lodged against John Bailey.

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

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Bailey's election was historic in that he was the first "below the line" industry worker to be chosen as Academy president since the 1980s.

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The publication also reported Bailey himself did not respond to their request for comment.

It later drew up a code of conduct for its 8 000 members and developed an online form for them to submit claims of misconduct on the grounds of sexual behavior, gender, sexual orientation, race, age, and religion. The allegations come as the movie business is still reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by producer Harvey Weinstein.

Bailey's credits include "Ordinary People", "American Gigolo", and "Groundhog Day".

The Academy also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated.

The Golden Globe-organisers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in February reviewed groping allegations by Mummy actor Brendan Fraser against its former president Philip Berk. He succeeded marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who shepherded the organization through a tumultuous period including the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and through a dramatic membership expansion that greatly increased the body's diversity and female membership. If the allegations are deemed serious enough, the committee may refer the issue to the board of governors, which can then vote to suspend or expel a member.

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