Amazon studio chief, Roy Price suspended for ignoring sexual assault claims against Weinstein

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Roy Price (L) and Harvey Weinstein attend Museum of the Moving Image Award for Achievement in Media and Entertainment at Park Hyatt Hotel New York on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Museum of the Moving Image )

In a latest development arising from the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has been suspended amid claims he “ignored” allegations the disgraced veteran producer raped actress Rose McGowan.

McGowan allegations comes as Price faces a separate allegation from producer Isa Hackett, who claims the Amazon Studio chief inappropriately propositioned her in the back of a taxi in 2015.

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• McGowan calls to checkmate Weinstein

In a series of tweets, McGowan claimed she warned Price about the Hollywood producer, who has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by several actresses.

In messages directed to Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, she said, “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.”

McGowan also claimed that Amazon Studios “called to say my show was dead” after she asked it “to do the right thing” over a tie-up with The Weinstein Company.

“I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood”, she told Mr Bean.

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As a result, Amazon said in a statement that it had placed Price on a leave of absence effective immediately.

It added, “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”

• Further allegations

Meanwhile, detectives in New York have reopened a 2004 case in which former aspiring actress Lucia Evans claims Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act on him at his Miramax offices.

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In addition, British actress Kate Beckinsale on Thursday became the latest star to step forward with allegations against the Hollywood mogul, who she described as “an emblem of a system that is sick”.

Beckinsale claimed she was 17 years old when she was called to Weinstein’s hotel room, where the producer opened the door in his bathrobe and offered her alcohol.

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