The President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came under fire over multiple allegations of sexual harassment Friday; rocking Hollywood and raising new questions over how the movie industry’s most powerful men protected serial abusers for decades.
According to Variety, at least three sexual harassment claims came to light regarding John Bailey this week, the Academy President who was elected to the position in August.
“Bailey’s tenure has been marked by a historic shift in the Academy’s approach to misconduct by its members. In October, the Academy voted to expel Harvey Weinstein less than 10 days after the New York Times first reported on his history of sexual harassment. The Academy also replaced Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual harassment lawsuits in 2010, as the presenter of the best actress award at this year’s Oscars,” writes Variety.
“There were concerns about whether a 75-year-old white man was best suited to lead the Academy at a time when it is making a push to diversify its membership,” the site added.
The bombshell revelation comes as Hollywood’s most powerful men face serious questions after studio bigwig Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault shocked the movie industry last year.