John Bailey re-elected as Academy president after sexual assault allegation

Bailey, who denied all accusations, was ultimately cleared.

John Bailey arrives at the 90th Academy Awards nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Jordan Strauss : Invision : Associated Press)John Bailey, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who  was under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment just months ago has been re-elected for a second term

The Academy had received three harassment claims against the veteran cinematographer who shot such films as “The Big Chill” and “Groundhog Day” back in March and according to our Standards of Conduct process after completing reviews have cleared the Bailey who was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 7) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

The academy’s past presidents include Douglas Fairbanks, Frank Capra, Bette Davis, Gregory Peck and Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Bailey is beginning his second term as president and his fifteenth year as a governor representing the Cinematographers Branch. Burwell, Gianopulos, Rubin and Utley were re-elected to their posts. Ganis, who returned to the board this year, served as Academy President from 2005-2009. This will be the first officer stint for Karaszewski.

Bailey is the first cinematographer to hold the position of Academy President. His credits include “Ordinary People,” “American Gigolo,”  “The Way Way Back” and “A Walk in the Woods.”

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

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