Oscars Academy chief under investigation for sexual assault

Oscars Academy chief under investigation for sexual assault

 Beverly Hills (Web Desk): The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment, The Guardian reported.

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

In a brief statement issued hours later, which did not name the president, the academy said it treated all complaints confidentially to protect all parties.

“The membership committee reviews all complaints brought against Academy members according to our standards of conduct process, and after completing reviews, reports to the board of governors. We will not comment further on such matters until the full review is completed.”

An investigation of Bailey will intensify scrutiny of the academy and its response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood.