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Amazon suspends studio boss over sexual harassment allegations

Isa Hackett – one of the producers on The Man in the High Castle – alleged that Roy Price repeatedly propositioned her on the way to and during an Amazon party back in July 2015
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Roy Price (middle) has been placed on a leave of absence “effective immediately”

Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) has suspended the boss of its video content service over allegations of sexual harassment.

Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, has been placed on a leave of absence “effective immediately” after the producer of one of its best-known shows made the claims in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

Isa Hackett – one of the producers on The Man in the High Castle and the daughter of Philip K Dick whose book the series is based on – alleged that Price repeatedly propositioned her on the way to and during an Amazon party back in July 2015.

Hackett claims Price told her: “You will love my d***”. After making it clear that she was a lesbian with a wife and children, Hackett said Price loudly suggested “anal sex” within earshot of others at the gathering.

When she told Amazon bosses about the incident, the e-commerce giant hired external investigators, although she claims to never have found out what they found.

In a separate allegation, Price has also been accused by actress Rose McGowan of ignoring her claims that disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein raped her.

In a tweet to Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, McGowan wrote: “I told the head of your studio that HW [Harvey Weinstein] raped me. Over and over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.”

The actress also alleges that Amazon Studios dropped a show she planned to write and direct when she spoke up and asked that Weinstein not be involved.

Weinstein, the co-founder of the Weinstein Company which was behind box office hits such as The King’s Speech and Southpaw, has become embroiled in his own scandal.

Police forces in the UK and US have launched investigations into sexual assault allegations levelled at the Hollywood film producer.

Those inquiries come as more women, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have publicly accused Weinstein of inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment or assault.

Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” any claims of non-consensual sex, while there was no comment from Price.

Amazon shares opened 0.4% higher at US$1,004.75.

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