Academy president accused of sexual harassment: report
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The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — who headed the organization when it expelled Harvey Weinstein —  is reportedly under investigation amid claims of sexual harassment.

The Academy received three harassment claims against John Bailey this week and “immediately opened a probe,” sources told Variety, which was first to report the allegations on Friday.

Bailey, a 75-year-old cinematographer who worked on films such as “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and “Groundhog Day,” was elected to his Academy position in August.

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The reported investigation comes just months after the Academy voted in October to expel veteran Hollywood producer Weinstein following sexual harassment and assault allegations dating back decades.

“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over," the Academy's board said in a statement at the time.

"The Academy treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties," the Academy said in a Friday statement to ITK. "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," the Academy added.

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, multiple prominent men across the fields of entertainment, media and politics have lost their jobs after being accused of sexual misconduct, including former “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey, ex-Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC MORE (D-Minn.) and former Republican National Committee finance chairman Steve Wynn.

—Updated at 4:39 p.m.