Amazon head suspended amid sexual harassment claims from employee



As Rose McGowan returned to Twitter after a temporary ban with new accusations against Jeff Bezos and Amazon, studio head Roy Price was suspended for a separate sexual harassment claim.


In a series of tweets Thursday, the actress claimed that Harvey Weinstein — who she called “HW” — raped her and that she had warned the head of Amazon about the producer.


“I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof,” she tweeted at Jeff Bezos, likely referring to Price.


“I had already sold a script I wrote to your studio, it was in development. When I heard a Weinstein bailout was in the works I forcefully begged studio head to do the right thing. I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar. I called my attorney & said I want to get my script back, but before I could, #2 @amazonstudios called to say my show was dead. I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood. Be the change you want to see in the world. Stand with truth.”

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McGowan’s accusations against Amazon came just hours before Isa Hackett, an executive producer on Amazon’s “Man in the High Castle,” claimed that Price sexually harassed her in 2015.

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Isa Hackett, an executive producer on Amazon’s “Man in the High Castle,” also claimed that Price had sexually harassed her in 2015.

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Hackett, daughter of author Philip K. Dick, told the Hollywood Reporter that she and Price, along with Michael Paull, a former top Amazon executive and current CEO of BAMTech, were in a cab on the way from dinner to a party after Comic-Con in San Diego.


“You will love my d–k,” Price told her, Hackett told the Hollywood Reporter.


She also claimed that Price said “anal sex” to her at the party while she was talking to other executives.

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Hackett said she reported the harassment and an outside investigator was hired, but she never heard further.

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“We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to 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.”


Amazon told the Daily News late Thursday that Price had been suspended and was taking a leave of absence.

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While McGowan didn’t specify which Amazon movie won the “dirty Oscar,” the “Scream” actress was likely referring to “Manchester by the Sea,” for which Casey Affleck, who has been accused of sexual harassment, won the 2017 Best Actor.


In September 2016, she revealed that she had sold a show to the studio, but didn’t reveal any details.


Amazon has two series from The Weinstein Company in the works — one from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and another from David O’Russell starring Robert De Niro — but a spokesperson told The News Thursday that the company is “reviewing our options for the projects.”


McGowan received a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997 after “an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival,” the New York Times reported last week, and McGowan has been vocal about allegations against the producer as multiple women have come forward, but this is the first time she has named Weinstein or called it “rape.”

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