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John Bailey remains president of the Academy as sexual misconduct claims are dismissed

John Bailey will keep his position as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, despite being accused of sexual harassment earlier this month.

The Academy announced in a statement on Tuesday that the Membership and Administration Committee ‘unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter’.

‘The findings and recommendations of the committee were reported to the Board which endorsed its recommendation. John Bailey remains President of the Academy,’ the statement continued. 

John Bailey (pictured on March 2, 2018) will keep his position as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, despite being accused of sexual harassment earlier this month

The Academy announced in a statement on Tuesday that the Membership and Administration Committee 'unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter'. Bailey is pictured with his wife, Carol Littleton, on March 4

The Academy announced in a statement on Tuesday that the Membership and Administration Committee ‘unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter’. Bailey is pictured with his wife, Carol Littleton, on March 4

According to Variety, the Academy also denied that it had received three complaints. It now claims only one complaint was submitted.

Bailey denied the allegation of misconduct against him over the weekend. 

In a memo sent to academy staff, Bailey said allegations in Hollywood trade publications that he tried to touch a woman inappropriately a decade ago on a movie set were untrue, Variety reported on Saturday.

A representative for Bailey did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reuters could not independently confirm any of the allegations.

Bailey, a cinematographer whose credits range from Groundhog Day to How to Be a Latin Lover, said in the memo that media reports describing complaints to the academy were false and served only to tarnish his 50-year career. 

More than a week ago, it was revealed that Bailey was under investigation for sexual harassment.

Variety broke the story, citing sources who said Bailey came under investigation on March 13, when three harassment claims were filed with the movie industry’s governing body. The Academy recently said they only received one complaint. 

Bailey has been married to film editor Carol Littleton since 1972.

The 75-year-old was elected to the four-year position in August, and has seen the Academy through perhaps its darkest period – with the downfall of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #MeToo movement exposing the widespread mistreatment of women in the industry. 

The Academy has been largely lauded for its response to the #MeToo movement though, with the group quickly voting to expel Weinstein and Bailey overseeing the establishment of a new code of conduct for the industry. 

Bailey (pictured in October) denied the allegations over the weekend. In a memo sent to academy staff, Bailey said allegations in Hollywood trade publications that he tried to touch a woman inappropriately a decade ago on a movie set were untrue

Bailey (pictured in October) denied the allegations over the weekend. In a memo sent to academy staff, Bailey said allegations in Hollywood trade publications that he tried to touch a woman inappropriately a decade ago on a movie set were untrue

For the first time, the Academy has a clear-cut process for investigating sexual harassment claims when they arise, and a prerogative to discipline or expel members they find guilty of abuses. 

Bailey has worked in Hollywood for more than forty years, shooting such films as The Big Chill and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

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.

He succeeded Cheryl Boone Isaacs in the position, the Academy’s first black president.

When Bailey was elected, there was some controversy that a white male was selected for the position given the Academy’s recent criticisms over diversity.

When confronted with those complaints, Bailey told Variety last year: ‘What you just said is bulls**t. I was born a white man, and I can’t help it that I’m 75 years old. Is this some sort of limiting factor?’

He is a noted film history buff, and has been invested in the creation of the Academy’s new museum currently under construction.

The Academy’s next election is in July.



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