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Yesterday, Amanda Segel, an executive producer for the now-canceled Mist TV series, claimed that Harvey's brother Bob Weinstein made unwanted advances toward her when she worked at the Weinstein company previous year.

Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman has confirmed, following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

Mr. Price, who could not be reached for comment, made no secret of his departure from Amazon. Amazon sent invitees a statement notifying them of the cancellation but offered no explanation, according to the report.

Price "is on a leave of absence, effective immediately", according to Deadline after Is Hackett made the sexual allegations public. Following Price's suspension, Amazon on Friday cut ties with TWC, scrapping the David O. Russell series and taking over The Romanoffs.

In tweets directed at Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, she criticized the company for doing business with the Weinstein Co.

"This is a necessary move because of the sexual harassment allegation, but I think it's a convenient excuse to replace him", said Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.

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The fallout from Weinstein and Price's alleged harassment comes at a crucial time for Amazon's video ambitions, which are ultimately inseparable from its Prime ambitions as they are a key lure for prospective Prime members.

The allegations against Price first broke in August, when the investigative news site The Information published a story about Amazon's investigation into Hackett's claim.

Price was the top entertainment executive at Amazon Studios, which has developed movies such as the Oscar-winning film "Manchester by the Sea" and original TV shows for its Amazon Prime streaming service, such as "Transparent".

Price had been on leave since October 12.

That strategy is now presumably being spearheaded by Cheng, either until Price is reinstated or replaced.

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