Oscars president John Bailey is being investigated for sexual harassment

John Bailey

The academy, which recently changed its membership rules to increase diversity in Hollywood, said in a statement that it treats all complaints confidentially.

Bailey, a former cinematographer who was elected president in August, has overseen the Academy during one its most turbulent times with the #MeToo and Time's Up movements sweeping Hollywood. Boone Isaacs' tenure was marked by efforts to include more women and minorities in the academy's overwhelmingly older, white male membership, while Bailey's stint as president has pretty much coincided with the sexual misconduct scandals that have rocked Hollywood since Harvey Weinstein was accused of multiple misdeeds last fall.

John Bailey, who has been president of the Academy since past year, is now facing three harassment claims, according to Variety, who first reported the news. "We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed". If he were forced to step down, he would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy's vice president, until the next election in July. "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".

Representatives for Bailey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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According to procedures outlined to members in January, accusations of misconduct against members, if deemed credible, will ultimately be brought to the 54-member board of governors, which "may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy's bylaws, including suspension or expulsion".

The Academy have released an official statement in response to the allegations.

. The organization also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated. They are the only husband-wife board members in Academy history after founding AMPAS members Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

John Bailey, a veteran cinematographer who heads the film industry's trade group, is facing three harassment allegations, Variety reported on Friday.

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