Amazon puts top studio exec on leave in widening Hollywood harassment scandal

Amazon.com put Roy Price, the head of its film and TV unit, on a leave of absence after a producer told the Hollywood Reporter he sexually harassed her.

Amazon.com put Roy Price, the head of its film and TV unit, on a leave of absence after a producer told the Hollywood Reporter he sexually harassed her.

Isa Hackett, who worked on the Amazon Prime Video show “The Man in the High Castle,” told the publication that Price made inappropriate advances to her at an event two years ago. Price couldn’t be reached for comment.

The allegation against Price engulfed Amazon in the uproar over mistreatment of women in Hollywood, though only the details of Hackett’s claim were new. The Information had reported in August that Price had been investigated over a claim of unwanted sexual remarks to Hackett. The company had said earlier that it looked into the matter and addressed it.

Separately, actress Rose McGowan said on Twitter Thursday that she had warned Amazon not to do business with Harvey Weinstein, the now-disgraced producer, and was ignored.

“Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” Amazon said in a statement. “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with the Weinstein Co.”

Weinstein, whom McGowan and other women have accused of harassment and, in some cases, rape, has denied sexually assaulting anyone. He was fired from Weinstein Co. last weekend.

The allegations associated with Amazon show how the Weinstein scandal, which erupted last week in a New York Times story, is reverberating throughout Hollywood and encouraging more women to speak out about their experiences. Hackett told the Hollywood Reporter she was emboldened to come forward after seeing so many women publicly accuse Weinstein.

The claims compound the problems for Amazon…

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