Academy President Under Investigation for Allegations of Sexual Harassment: Report

In December, the Academy established a code of conduct which provides that members may be disciplined or expelled for abuse, harassment or discrimination

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John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment, Variety reported Friday.

According to the trade publication, the AMPAS received three harassment claims Wednesday and immediately opened a probe.

The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bailey, 75, who was elected president of the organization in August, is a cinematographer and occasional director. No details about the nature of the allegations have been released.

The investigation comes in the midst of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements against sexual harassment and inequality. Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein was thrown out of the Academy last year in light of the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.

If forced to step down, Bailey would be temporarily replaced by Lois Burwell, a veteran makeup artist who is the Academy's vice president, until the next election in July, according to Variety.

In December, the Academy established a code of conduct which provides that members may be disciplined or expelled for abuse, harassment or discrimination. The organization also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated.

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