Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has suspended the head of its programming division following allegations of sexual harassment as the fallout from the firing of Hollywood super producer Harvey Weinstein continues to engulf the film industry.
Amazon said late Thursday that Amazon studios Roy Price was put on an immediate leave of absence after a producer said that he harassed her in the back of a cab in San Diego.
Isa Hackett, a producer on the show The Man in the High Castle and daughter of author Philip K. Dick, told The Hollywood Reporter that Price made inappropriate sexual comments to her following an appearance at Comic-Con in 2015.
She said that she reported the incident to Amazon executives at the time.
"We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees," Amazon told The Hollywood Reporter. "We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved."
Hackett said she was embolden to speak out after the revelations of Weinstein's alleged years-long sexual harassment and assault.
"Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately," Amazon said in a statement. "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Company."
Amazon is investing about $4.5 billion in video content to compete with Netflix NFLX. Amazon has two high-profile series under development with The Weinstein Company - The Romanoffs, an anthology series from Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, and an untitled drama from David O. Russell starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.
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