Oct 18, 2017
Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment reports
Oct 18, 2017
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an allegation by an actress of sexual assault by producer Harvey Weinstein.
Price took a leave of absence last week and Albert Cheng, the studio's chief operating officer, remains interim head of the division, the spokeswoman said.
Price did not immediately return a request for comment.
Price's move comes after many women have shared their experiences of mistreatment on social media using the hashtag #MeToo, in the wake of allegations harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in reports this month by the New York Times and the New Yorker.
Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
The Hollywood Reporter last week reported an allegation by Isa Hackett, a producer on one of Amazon.com Inc’s shows, that Price had lewdly propositioned her in 2015. Reuters could not independently confirm the allegation.
The accusations against Price represented a rare scandal for the online retailer which scored poorly at last month's Primetime Emmy Awards, for its original TV shows.
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