Ama­zon chief in ha­rass­ment claims

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LOS AN­GE­LES: The head of Ama­zon Stu­dios was put on leave yes­ter­day fol­low­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions from a pro­ducer on the Ama­zon se­ries Man in the High Cas­tle, adding to Hol­ly­wood’s cri­sis over its mis­treat­ment of women.

Stu­dio ex­ec­u­tive Roy Price is on a leave of ab­sence ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, Ama­zon said.

The Eastern branch of the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica noted the scope of the prob­lem, writ­ing “sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault have long been hall­marks of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try”.

The Ama­zon state­ment tied to­gether the We­in­stein scan­dal roil­ing Hol­ly­wood and ru­moured al­le­ga­tions against Price by pro­ducer Isa Hack­ett. De­tails of her claims were first re­ported by The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter yes­ter­day. Christo­pher Tri­carico, an at­tor­ney for Hack­ett, said the trade pa­per’s ac­count was ac­cu­rate.

Hack­ett al­leged that Price propo­si­tioned her with crude lan­guage af­ter a 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego.

Hack­ett will not pur­sue le­gal ac­tion, Tri­carico said.

Ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, Hack­ett met Price at a post-con­ven­tion din­ner.

He in­vited her to a com­pany party at a ho­tel and she joined Price and an­other Ama­zon ex­ec­u­tive in a cab ride there. Ac­cord­ing to Hack­ett, Price re­peat­edly propo­si­tioned her, say­ing, “You will love my (slang for pe­nis).”

Price per­sisted even af­ter Hack­ett told him she was a les­bian, she told the trade pa­per. – Reuters

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