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.
HOLLYWEIRD: Crazed Rob Reiner Says Trump ‘THREATENS’ Global Democracy
Hollywood filmmaker Rob Reiner continued his all-out war with President Trump Tuesday, accusing the Commander-in-Chief of posing a direct “threat” to the United States and other “democracies throughout the world.”
The hyper-liberal celebrity trashed Trump on social media, saying his “denial” to accept Russian election interference was posing a direct threat to American democracy; adding the US no longer has “a patriot in the White House.”
“Once again our entire intelligence and law enforcement communities have unequivocally stated that Russia has attacked and continues to attack our democracy and democracies throughout the world. Trump’s continual denial threatens US. We don’t have a patriot in the Whitehouse,” Reiner tweeted.
Once again our entire intelligence and law enforcement communities have unequivocally stated that Russia has attacked and continues to attack our democracy and democracies throughout the world. Trump’s continual denial threatens US. We don’t have a patriot in the Whitehouse.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 13, 2018
The comedian’s harsh rhetoric echos similar comments he’s made in recent weeks, slamming the President as a “racist” and a “criminal,” and going so far as to call for the “last big battle” of the American Civil War.
HOLLYWEIRD: Matt Damon DEFENDS Sexual Predators, Cites ‘Spectrum' of Abuse
Hollywood celebrity Matt Damon finally opened up about the sexual scandals swirling around actors, politicians, and media pundits during a much-maligned interview this week; seemingly defending the growing list of sexual predators he’s been associated with for decades.
“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior”
According to media website Vulture, the A-list actor was speaking with Peter Travers when he was pressed on his relationships with Harvey Weinstein, Ben Affleck, and others accused of widespread sexual misconduct.
His response was not what most people expected.
“I do believe that there’s a spectrum of behavior,” said Damon. “And we’re going to have to figure — you know, there’s a difference between, you know, patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation, right? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?”
Damon went on to defend multiple alleged predators, including comedian Louis CK and disgraced Sen. Al Franken.
“I don’t know Louis C.K.. I’ve never met him. I’m a fan of his, but I don’t imagine he’s going to do those things again. You know what I mean?” asked Damon.
“I personally would have preferred if they had an Ethics Committee investigation, you know what I mean?” said the actor regarding Franken. “It’s like at what point — you know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think.”
Read the shocking transcript here.