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Amazon Studios Chief Suspended After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Amazon Studios Chief Suspended After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios and global content at Amazon Video, was put on a leave of absence Thursday following a report that the executive made obscene comments to a TV producer.

"Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately", a spokesperson tells The Verge.

Amazon Studios has suspended Amazon Studios executive Roy Price in the wake of allegations by Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett that he sexually harassed her. The decision came hours after The Hollywood Reporter published a producer's detailed claims of harassment by Price. It ends when we change the culture of Hollywood, diversify the industry, and create a space that allows for survivors to safety tell their stories. "You will love my dick", Price said, according to Hackett, who relayed her account to others. Hackett followed up with Amazon's human resources department, but was told the findings were confidential, the attorney said. He said it hadn't been proven. Hackett says she was never told the outcome of that inquiry, but notes that she hasn't seen Price at any events involving her shows. "Albert Cheng, now the chief operating officer of Amazon Studios, will assume Price's duties on a temporary basis", The New York Times reported. She took a taxi there with Price and another Amazon executive at the time, Michael Paull. She had explained in an interview past year that she sold her show to Amazon and indicated that she was going to write and direct it.

Rose McGowan, one of the actresses who has accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, claimed via Twitter earlier on Thursday that the head of Amazon Studios knew that Weinstein had allegedly raped her. Details of her claims were first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

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McGowan then called on Bezos "to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos, and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood".

A spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

Amazon and the Weinstein Company, the high-profile studio Weinstein founded with his brother, are partners on two forthcoming streaming TV series, CNN noted.

The company also said it's reviewing its options for projects it has with The Weinstein Co., the embattled firm that fired co-founder Harvey Weinstein on Sunday over allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.


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