Amazon boss Roy Price suspended after sex harassment accusations surface
Amazon programming chief Roy Price has been suspended in the wake of sexual harassment accusations from a TV producer.
An Amazon spokesperson told Variety and TheWrap Thursday night that Price was “on leave of absence effective immediately.”
Price’s reported suspension came after Isa Hackett, a producer for Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” told The Hollywood Reporter that he repeatedly propositioned her at a company party in July 2015.
Hackett said that Price started making lewd comments during a cab ride to the party — and continued even after she told him she’s a lesbian with a wife and children, the magazine reported. At one point, Hackett claimed that Price told her: “You will love my d—k.”
Hackett claimed Price did not stop once they arrived at the party and even approached her and loudly said, “Anal sex!” in her ear.
Hackett reported the incidents to studio executives who brought in investigators to look further into the allegations, The Hollywood Reporter added. Hackett said she was never made aware of the outcome but also said she never saw Price at any more events.
The allegations came just as actress Rose McGowan lashed out at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a Tweetstorm claiming the studio ignored her claims that Harvey Weinstein raped her.
In a string of fiery tweets, McGowan said she repeatedly warned the studio about “HW” and “begged” the company not to work with the movie mogul but was told by an unnamed studio executive that “it hadn’t been proven.”
The actress also alleged Amazon Studios killed a show she planned to write and direct after she heard “a Weinstein bailout was in the works.”
“I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing,” McGowan tweeted. “I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar.”
Amazon said the company was “reviewing our options for our projects we have with the Weinstein Company.”