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Amazon Studios chief Roy Price suspended following harassment allegation

14 October 2017, 12:36 | Max Haynes

Roy Price, vp Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content, has been suspended from the retail giant and streaming platform following a harassment claim from one of the company's producers.

Earlier this week, in light of the Weinstein scandal, Amazon said "we are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Company".

Although Amazon won awards for such originals as Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle - and notched Oscar wins for Manchester by the Sea - rival Netflix has had several noisy series and Hulu was the first streamer to win the Emmy for best drama for The Handmaid's Tale.Price made a potentially transformative deal with Woody Allen but the resulting series was trashed by critics.

After sexual harassment allegations against American producer Harvey Weinstein triggered massive outrage over the past week, a producer of Amazon Studios' TV shows, Isa Dick Hackett, has now come forward and shared her own "shocking and surreal" experience of sexual harassment with Amazon's Media Development Division head, Roy Price, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Check back for updates.

Price persisted at the party even after Hackett told him she was a lesbian with a wife and children, she told the trade paper.

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Hackett alleged that Price repeatedly propositioned her in a cab and made obscene comments, despite her rebuffs.

Price's suspension came after actress Rose McGowan tweeted at Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday that she had told the head of Amazon Studios-without naming Price-that Weinstein had raped her. The fact that it was hard for Hackett, who says she has "some power" as a producer (as well as the daughter of writer Philip K. Dick), should speak volumes about why so many women in more fragile positions stay silent. Hackett followed up with Amazon's human resources department, but was told the findings were confidential, the attorney said. "I said I was the proof", McGowan wrote on Twitter.

"I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward".

Before confirming to Deadline that Price was suspended, Amazon's only comment on the matter was a statement to the Reporter, saying the company "looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved".

Hours after the initial publication of the story, an Amazon spokesperson said, "Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately". Price has been in charge of Amazon Studios since 2014.

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