Amazon puts entertainment exec on leave of absence

Amazon studio executive Roy Price is accused of sexual harassment by producer Isa Hackett

Amazon studio executive Roy Price is accused of sexual harassment by producer Isa Hackett

Another powerful Hollywood executive is facing allegations of sexual harassment.

One of Weinstein's accusers, actress Rose McGowan, tweeted at Bezos Thursday, writing that a top-level Amazon Studios executive had rejected her claims that Weinstein had raped her.

Hackett, a producer on an Amazon series, claims that Amazon Studios chief Roy Price propositioned her using crudely suggestive language.

Hackett said she reported Price's behavior to Amazon executives immediately and an outside investigator was brought in to talk to her and Amazon executives.

"McGowan said she complained to Price about Weinstein, and that after that Amazon killed a project she was working on with Price's team".

Amazon released a mealy-mouthed statement that read in part, "W$3 e looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved".

Price didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward". He was sacked from his company, Weinstein Co., last weekend. Amazon tells investors the big investment in video pays off by enticing more people to join Prime, making them more loyal shoppers.

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

Despite traction gained with critics and awards voters, Amazon is in the process of pivoting away from niche, naturalistic scripted series such as "Transparent and toward broader, larger scale genre series favored by a large swathe of television viewers - and by Bezos".

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". The decision came hours after The Hollywood Reporter published a producer's detailed claims of harassment by Price.

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