Amazon Studios Head Suspended After Sexual Harassment Accuser Goes Public

Carla Harmon
October 13, 2017

Amazon Studios and Price received heat for their decision to cancel Good Girls Revolt a month after the female-skewing period drama that debuted to warm reviews.

Amazon said Thursday that Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was on a leave of absence and the company was reviewing its projects with The Weinstein Company.

The actress also said the executive she was referring to scrapped the project she was pursuing in the studio.

Allegations that Mr. Price had made unwanted sexual remarks to Ms. Hackett surfaced in August in an article by Ms. Masters that was published on the tech news website The Information.

"We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees", an Amazon spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Amazon's decision comes just four days after Harvey Weinstein was sacked from The Weinstein Company, a film studio that he co-founded, following allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault by multiple women in the entertainment industry.

An Amazon executive has reportedly been suspended from the company after a producer came forward with sexual harassment allegations against him.

Following her complaint, Hackett continued to work on her two Amazon shows - both of which are based on the works of her father, Philip K. Dick - including the upcoming Electric Dreams.

Price has been at Amazon since 2004, working on their video services for over a decade.

Actress Rose McGowan, who is one of Weinstein's accusers, tweeted at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday saying "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me". He said it hadn't been proven.

"I didn't want to distract or deflate the energies of all the people who are so invested in these shows, and all of that positivity", she told THR. "I said I was the proof", McGowan wrote.

Casey Affleck - who has also been dogged by allegations of sexual harassment that he has denied - won a best actor Oscar this year for his role in the Amazon original movie "Manchester by the Sea".

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