Amazon ensnared in widening Hollywood harassment scandal

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

The Great Unraveling: Amazon Studio Chief Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hackett says that Amazon's programming chief Roy Price harassed her during San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. She said that during a cab ride with Price and former Amazon executive Michael Paull, Price repeatedly propositioned her and made inappropriate sexual comments. "We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them". Amazon Studios' entry into scripted series has produced mixed returns.

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

A spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein". "Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved".

In August, it was revealed that Price was under independent investigation after Hackett filed a complaint with the company immediately following the alleged incident.

As far as reviewing their relationship with The Weinstein Co., Amazon was slated to release at least two major dramas, but as a result of the sexual harassment cases, Amazon is now reviewing their current deal. Price is the president of Amazon Studios, a division of Amazon that focuses on TV shows and films.

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Most damning for Amazon is the fact that Hatckett reported the incidents to Amazon.

Price joined Amazon in 2004, overseeing the launch of its digital video store and eventually its streaming service.

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".

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

But other ambitious projects have fizzled, with "Z: The Beginning of Everything" and "The Last Tycoon" each canceled after a single season.

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