Oscars chief being investigated for sexual harassment

The Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Directors Reception

Bailey is under investigation for sexual harassment, according to a Variety report released on March 16, 2018.

"The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties".

The organisation also insisted there would be no further statements "until the full review is completed".

The 75-year-old cinematographer was elected to his position last August, and was the first-ever president from the cinematographers branch of the organization that chooses the annual Academy Award winners.

This month's Oscars featured multiple references to the anti-sexual harassment campaign which has shaken Hollywood, including an appearance from Tarana Burke, the creator of the #MeToo movement.

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At a February lunch for this year's Oscar nominees, Bailey promised the Academy would adopt a "greater awareness and responsibility in balancing gender, race, ethnicity, and religion".

An investigation of Bailey will intensify scrutiny of the academy and its response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood. The organization also set up a claims process which set forth how such allegations would be adjudicated. However, the institution said it was now investigating Bailey's behavior in all three instances. Such evidence could include "1) the violation was witnessed by another; 2) the violation was reported to another, after the event occurred; 3) the violation was memorialized in writing after the incident occurred; 4) the violation is part of an established pattern by the same member; 5) following the violation, the claimant experienced verifiable changes in their mental, emotional or physical wellbeing".

If Bailey were to be removed, he would be temporarily replaced by veteran makeup artist, and the Academy's Vice President, Lois Burwell. If the matter is deemed serious enough, refer it to the Board of Governors.

Under the policy, the Academy's Membership and Administration Committee reviews allegations. He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s.

The body that hands out Hollywood's Oscars is facing its own #MeToo moment.

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