After an internal investigation, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has dismissed allegations of sexual harassment made against president John Bailey.
The Academy acted after media allegations about Bailey surfaced earlier in March. Bailey, an acclaimed cinematographer whose credits include Groundhog Day and In The Line Of Fire, became Academy president in August 2017.
In a statement the Academy said that the review into Bailey had been concluded and that it had “unanimously determined that no further action was merited on this matter… John Bailey remains President of the Academy.”
The statement adds that contrary to previous reports there was only one allegation made against Bailey.
The full statement is below:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has concluded its review, based on its Standards of Conduct, into the allegation made against Academy President John Bailey. The Membership and Administration Committee and its sub-committee thoroughly reviewed and considered the claim, John Bailey’s response, and corroborating statements from both parties. The Academy took the claim very seriously and was cognizant of the rights of both the claimant and the accused, including consulting with outside counsel with expertise in matters related to harassment.
Contrary to previous reports, there was only one claim under consideration which was received on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
Throughout the process, the Academy received advice and counsel from its longstanding General Counsel John Quinn at Quinn Emanuel, as well as from Ivy Kagan Bierman, a partner at Loeb & Loeb who has extensive experience with entertainment industry sexual harassment matters and is currently an advisor to The Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Promoting Equality in the Workplace, chaired by Anita Hill.
The 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 Academy respects the confidentiality of both the claimant and John Bailey, and will refrain from discussing the specifics regarding the claim.
The Academy’s goal is to encourage workplace environments that support creativity, equality, and respect.