The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is reportedly under investigation for sexual harassment.
Variety reported that John Bailey, a veteran cinematographer who heads the film industry’s trade group, is facing three harassment allegations.
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.”
Representatives for Bailey did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
An investigation of Bailey will intensify scrutiny of the academy and its response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood.
Variety reported that the academy, which has a staff of 350 people, opened an investigation on Wednesday upon receiving the complaints.