Hollywood (October 18, 2017): Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, five days after he was placed on a “leave of absence” after a producer accused him of sexual harassment, an Amazon spokesperson told journalists.
Price was suspended following The Hollywood Reporter’s publication of an article detailing harassment allegations against him, made by Isa Hackett, a producer of the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle.”
Albert Cheng, who took charge last week when Price was placed on a leave of absence, will continue as the interim head of the studio, an Amazon spokesperson said.
The controversy may prove to be a setback for Amazon’s original video efforts. In light of Price’s suspension, Amazon decided to cancel an event promoting its new shows in London this week.
The harassment accusations stemmed from an incident in 2015. Hackett alleged that Price repeatedly made lewd comments to her, despite her rebuffs, while they were both attending Comic-Con.
Hackett said she was inspired to speak publicly now because so many women had shared their stories about Weinstein, the disgraced film executive who is the subject of numerous sexual harassment and rape claims that have surfaced recently.
“I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change,” Hackett said.
Amazon and The Weinstein Co. — the high-profile studio Weinstein founded with his brother, Bob — were partners on two forthcoming streaming TV series.
Last week Amazon said it would not go forward with Weinstein Co. on the projects.
In another development on Tuesday, Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of the Weinstein Co., which is struggling to stay afloat.