Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was put on an immediate leave of absence following allegations that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress's claim of a sexual assault by producer Harvey Weinstein. Fred Katayama reports.
Amazon put its Studios chief Roy Price on an immediate leave of absence following allegations that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress's claim of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. The Hollywood Reporter reported that a producer on one of Amazon's shows said Price allegedly lewdly propositioned her in 2015. The Amazon producer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Also, actress Rose McGowan wrote on Twitter that she told Price that Weinstein assaulted her, but that Price did nothing. Price could not immediately be reached by Reuters. He declined to comment to the Hollywood Reporter. A spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein." Reuters correspondent Jeff Dastin is covering the story. (SOUNDBITE) JEFFREY DASTIN, CORRESPONDENT, REUTERS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Price continues to be suspended, if he ultimately loses his position, it will mean a period of uncertainty for Amazon studio division and setback for the company because the studio needs someone to be at the helm to help sign deals for new TV shows, for movies, and without that it's possible that the lineup that Amazon has will weaken or it won't be as full as, say, Netflix's or Hulu's and that it will change perception of the studio. That said, that also could be a natural reset point Amazon to appoint another industry veteran and afterwards continue to do even better because of it." Price has been integral to Amazon's movie business. The studio picked up three Oscars this year under his helm. His removal creates uncertainty about its direction, just as Amazon is investing some $4.5 billion in video content this year.