Roy Price Resigns As Amazon Studios Chief Following Sexual Harassment Allegation

By David Ng and Meg James
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Roy Price’s rapid fall from Amazon, one of Hollywood’s fastest-growing studios comes in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has brought to light years of alleged sexual misconduct against women by the producer.

LOS ANGELES

Roy Price resigned as the head of Amazon Studios on Tuesday after an allegation that he had sexually harassed a television producer working on one of his shows.

Price’s departure, confirmed by an Amazon Studios representative, comes less than a week after he was placed on unpaid leave following accusations made by Isa Hackett, an executive producer on the Amazon drama series “The Man in the High Castle,” that he made lewd remarks and unwanted advances in 2015.

“I’m pleased Amazon is taking steps to address the issues,” Hackett said in a statement Tuesday.

“An important conversation has begun about the need to create a culture in our industry which values respect and decency and rejects the abuse of power and dehumanizing treatment of others. This is truly an opportunity to find a better way forward, and ultimately toward a balanced representation of women and minorities in leadership positions.”

Price’s rapid fall from one of Hollywood’s fastest-growing studios comes in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has brought to light years of alleged sexual misconduct against women by the producer.

While Weinstein’s scandal involves more than 30 women who have accused him of harassment and assault, Price faced one accusation of harassment. But Price also faced larger questions from actress Rose McGowan, who accused the studio head on Thursday of ignoring her claims that she had been raped by Weinstein.

On her Twitter account, the actress addressed Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, saying: “I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

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