The President of the Academy Awards is under investigation for sexual harassment

Bailey speaks at the Foreign Language Film nominees cocktail reception in Beverly Hills California U.S

According to a document sent to members, individuals will be able to report misconduct through an online form the academy plans to launch in the summer of 2018, or by phone to the academy's membership department. The longtime AMPAS member had been president of the Cinematographers branch and previously served as a VP.

Bailey did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

"The Academy's goal is not to be an investigative body, but rather ensure that when a grievance is made, it will go through a fair and methodical process", CEO Dawn Hudson wrote at the time.

Bailey's credits include "Ordinary People", "American Gigolo", and "Groundhog Day".

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In October, the board of governors of the 90-year-old institution - including such luminaries as Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Tom Hanks - voted to expel disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein from the group's ranks following multiple charges of sexual harassment and assault against him.

The Academy has been largely lauded for its response to the #MeToo movement though, with the group quickly voting to expel Weinstein and Bailey overseeing the establishment of a new code of conduct for the industry.

If proved true, the standards specify that AMPAS could " a.

If Bailey decides to step down, he would be replaced by Academy Vice President Lois Burwell, a make-up artist, until the next election in July.

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Some within the organization, however, have wrestled in recent months with the implications of requiring the academy to police its members' behaviour. He is the first "below the line" leader of the Board of Governors since the 1980s.

Bailey was elected as president of the prestigious organization, which is made up of 7,000-plus members of the film industry, in August 2017.

Bailey, 75, is in his first year as President of The Academy.

At the annual Oscar Nominees lunch in February, Bailey told the room that "We are witnessing this venerable Motion Picture Academy reinvent itself before our very eyes".

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