After Harvey Weinstein’s controversy, it’s the Amazon Studios chief who is in the limelight for allegedly harassing a producer and turning a deaf ear to an actresses’ claims of sexual assault by Weinstein. Roy was immediately put on leave of absence after the news broke out.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Isa Hackett, a producer on one of Amazon Inc’s show charged Price with prepositioning her in a vulgar manner in 2015.
Amazon issued a statement on the allegations: “Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately. We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”
When Reuters contacted Isa, she was not available for any comments, therefore not confirming the claims. Price, too, could be reached independently by the Reuters and he declined any comments for the Hollywood Reporter.
With Amazon investing in video content at their all-time high of $4.5 billion this year, Price’s subtraction would create uncertainty about the direction in which the studio is heading towards.
Albert Cheng, the studio’s Chief Operating Officer will act as the interim chief, according to Amazon.
Isa Hackett is the daughter of a renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick. His book ‘The Man In The High Castle’ has been used as a foundation for the namesake show on Amazon.
On Thursday, Hollywood actress Rose McGowan took to Twitter where she said she told Roy Price about being assaulted by Weinstein. She even slammed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for doing business with the Weinstein Co.
Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson said: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.
”Roy Price has played a crucial role in Amazon’s movie and television business. From guiding it through the experimentation of crowd-sourcing television scripts to reaping Hollywood awards for shows like ‘Transparent’, Price has been through it all.Amazon plans to work dedicatedly in original content for movies and TV shows so as to draw people to its streaming and shopping club of Prime. They will, in turn, buy more goods from online retailers.Amazon bagged in three awards this year in the Oscars, under the helm of Prime.
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