Amazon suspends Studios chief amid sex harassment allegation

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, seen with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (left) at Amazon’s Emmy Celebration in 2016, has been suspended amid a sexual harassment allegation.

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Amazon[1] has suspended Roy Price, the head of its movie and TV show division, amid allegations he made unwanted sexual advances toward a female producer in Hollywood. Price, the head of Amazon Studios, was accused of lewdly propositioning Isa Dick Hackett, a producer on “The Man in the High Castle[2],” during an interview published Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter. Hackett, a daughter of the late science fiction writer and “High Castle” author Philip K.

Dick, said during the interview that Price repeatedly made unwanted sexual advances toward her after a dinner two years ago at Comic-Con[3] in San Diego. “Roy Price is on a leave of absence effective immediately,” an Amazon spokesman said in a statement, adding that, “we are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.” Scrutiny on Hollywood executives has intensified since an Oct.

5 New York Times story[4] first brought to light sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex[5] but has said he’s getting counseling. Earlier Thursday, actress Rose McGowan reported that her Twitter account had been suspended[6] after she spent a few days tweeting about the allegations against Weinstein, whom she has accused of raping her.

In her tweets — directed at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos[7] — she said she told Price about the incident. “@jeffbezos[8] I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it.

He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” McGowan wrote in a tweet.

1) @jeffbezos[9] I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it.

He said it hadn’t been proven.

I said I was the proof.

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017[10]

Twitter tweeted about the suspension[11], explaining that McGowan’s account had been locked because one of her tweets included a private phone number, which violated the company’s terms of service.

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  5. ^ denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex (www.nytimes.com)
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