Amazon Studios says it has accepted the resignation of its top executive, Roy Price, following sexual harassment allegations made by a producer on the series Man in the High Castle.
Price was put on leave last week and had not been expected to return, but on Tuesday an Amazon spokesman confirmed the resignation. Albert Cheng, who had been Amazon’s COO, will be the interim chief.
The accusations against Price come in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that is roiling Hollywood and has prompted an outcry over workplace abuse and general harassment through the social media thread “me too”.
In an account published in The Hollywood Reporter, producer Isa Hackett alleged that Price had repeatedly and crudely propositioned her following a 2015 event in San Diego.
Hackett said in a statement on Tuesday that she was pleased that Amazon had taken steps to address the issue.
“An important conversation has begun about the need to create a culture in our industry which values respect and decency and rejects the abuse of power and dehumanizing treatment of others,” she said. “This is truly an opportunity to find a better way forward, and ultimately toward a balanced representation of women and minorities in leadership positions.”
Hackett said in her account on Price that he propositioned her during a cab ride, saying, “you will love my —-.”
She wrote that she told Amazon executive about it, and the company brought in an outside investigator. She said she hadn’t seen Price at Amazon events involving her shows, which also include the upcoming “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”