Amazon ensnared in widening Hollywood harassment scandal

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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.

In relation to another sexual harassment scandal that has rocked Hollywood, concerning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the Amazon rep said the company was "reviewing our options for our projects we have with the Weinstein Company". Variety was the first to report Price's suspension.

The suspension is effective immediately, according to an internal Amazon memo.


Lisa Bloom, who had been Price's lawyer since the alleged harassment was reported on in August, dropped Price as a client on Thursday with a representative confirming this to Reuters.

Hackett told THR she went public partly because she was inspired by the women who had the courage to come forward to accuse Weinstein, a powerful show business executive who threatened to ruin people's careers.

Price's departure comes after Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon's Man in the High Castle and Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams detailed her "shocking and surreal" experience with the programming chief in July 2015. "We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them". As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, "Anal sex!" in her ear.


As more victims of Weinstein's have come out, so have accusations of sexual harassment against many other Hollywood big shots.

While Weinstein was sacked from his company Weinstein Co., Amazon has two series being produced by the company, however their future is not known.

Price joined Amazon in 2004, overseeing the launch of its digital video store and eventually its streaming service. In tweets addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, McGowan said that after selling a project to Amazon, she voiced her concerns about Weinstein to Price, who allegedly ignored her.


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