Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content - is taking a leave of absence from the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment in an interview.
Amazon is developing two series with The Weinstein Co., "The Romanoffs" from "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner and an untitled drama from filmmaker David O. Russell and starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.
Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Beckinsale have publicly spoken out against Weinstein among many more. Many are calling for sweeping changes in the industry, and urging more women to speak out about harassment and abuse.
Amazon reiterated that in its statement Thursday. She said he asked her to attend an Amazon staff party later at night at the W Hotel (now the Renaissance) and shared the taxi with Price and Michael Paull, CEO of the digital media company "BAMTech". Details of her claims were first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
Christopher Tricarico, an attorney for Hackett, confirmed the trade paper's report.
Amazon suspended Price after the allegations were made public, a spokesperson saying: "Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately".
"Once in the cab, Hackett says Price repeatedly and insistently propositioned her", the Reporter relates.
Hackett participated in the internal investigation at Amazon Studios but said that she was never told whether the review was concluded or how the incident was resolved, Tricarico said. "You will love my d**k", he said, according to Hackett, who relayed her account to multiple individuals in the hours after the alleged episode.
"I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward", she added.
Hackett, in the interview with the Hollywood Reporter, said she reported the incident to Amazon executives, who then hired an outside investigator.
The move comes after Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon's Man in the High Castle and Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams detailed her "shocking and surreal" experience with the programming chief in July 2015.
A Dick novel was the basis of the 1982 movie "Blade Runner", which was followed by the new sequel "Blade Runner 2049".
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