The president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the body that hands out the Oscars, is being investigated for sexual misconduct.

Two weeks after the annual Oscars ceremony, the Hollywood Reporter and Variety have reported that the Academy received three claims of sexual harassment against John Bailey, and had begun an investigation.

They cited unidentified sources and did not give details.

Academy President John Bailey speaks onstage portrait at The Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Directors Reception at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Photo / Getty
Academy President John Bailey speaks onstage portrait at The Oscars Foreign Language Film Award Directors Reception at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Photo / Getty

A representative for Bailey did not reply to a request for comment.

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In a brief statement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said that it treats any complaints confidentially to protect all parties.

Dozens of high-profile men have been fired or have resigned from their jobs in politics, media, entertainment and business after facing accusations of sexual misconduct, including Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Bailey, 75, a married movie director and cinematographer who worked on films like The Big Chill and American Gigolo, was elected president of the Academy in August, 2017.

The issue dominated Hollywood's long awards season and the March 4 Oscar ceremony was marked by jokes, speeches about female empowerment and pledges to end harassment in the industry.

Under Bailey's leadership, the Academy's board of governors last October expelled Weinstein as a member.

It later drew up a code of conduct for its 8000 members and developed an online form for them to submit claims of misconduct on the grounds of sexual behaviour, gender, sexual orientation, race, age, and religion.

According to the guidelines, claimants must supply evidence of alleged behaviour and an accused person has 10 days to respond.

Bailey told the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees in February that the 90-year- old Academy was reinventing itself with programs committed to inclusion and diversity. -Reuters