Amazon suspended the head of Amazon Studios and global content at Amazon Video, Roy Price, following allegations of sexual harassment.
Amazon spokesman Craig Berman said “Price is on leave of absence effective immediately.”
The move came hours after The Hollywood Reporter posted an article detailing harassment allegations lodged by Isa Hackett, a producer of Amazon’s critically acclaimed series The Man in the High Castle.
Hackett claimed Price, who holds an exceedingly powerful position as the executive in charge of Amazon’s well-funded TV efforts, repeatedly made lewd comments to her despite her rebuffs.
Hackett told THR reporter Kim Masters that the incident occurred in 2015.
She described her evening encounter with the chief of Amazon Studios in 2015, when he allegedly made unwanted sexual remarks that were “shocking and surreal,” according to an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Thursday.
While riding a taxi to a company party together with Price and Michael Paul, then a top Amazon executive and now chief executive of BamTech, Price repeatedly propositioned her, Hackett said.
At the party, Price approached her again even while she was talking with other executives, and said “Anal sex!” loudly in her ear, Hackett said.
Hackett said she was inspired to speak publicly now because so many women had shared their stories about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced film executive who is the subject of numerous sexual harassment and rape claims that have surfaced over the past week.
“I think women inspire each other. I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward,” Hackett said. “I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change.”
Amazon and The Weinstein Co. — the high-profile studio Weinstein founded with his brother, Bob — are partners on two forthcoming streaming TV series.
So far, 32 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault, according to a running list being kept by Vanity Fair. Among them are Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale.
Earlier this week, in light of the Weinstein scandal, Amazon said “we are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Company.”