Amazon suspends top executive over sexual harassment allegation

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Amazon suspends top executive over sexual harassment allegation

Amazon has suspended the head of its entertainment division in the wake of sexual harassment accusations from a TV producer, the company announced on Thursday.

A spokesman said Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was “on leave of absence effective immediately.”

The move came after Isa Hackett, a producer for “The Man in the High Castle,” one of the studio’s highest-profile shows, told trade weekly The Hollywood Reporter he had repeatedly propositioned her in July 2015.

Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K Dick, whose work is the basis for High Castle, said Price, 51, made lewd suggestions in a taxi on the way to a party during the annual San Diego Comic-Con fan convention.

She says she made it clear she wasn’t interested — that she was a lesbian with a wife and children — but Price persisted, according to the magazine, and even approached her at the party later and shouted “anal sex” in her ear.

Hackett, 50, told the Hollywood Reporter she raised Price’s behaviour with studio executives who launched an investigation — but she was never informed of the outcome.

The allegations came as actress Rose McGowan berated Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Twitter, claiming the company ignored her claims that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein had raped her.