Amazon Studios chief Roy Price on leave after producer details alleged harassment

Lawrence Kim
October 13, 2017

Isa Hackett, a producer for Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle", told The Hollywood Reporter in a report published Thursday that programming chief Roy Price propositioned her in July 2015.

Hackett told THR she went public partly because she was inspired by the women who had the courage to come forward to accuse Weinstein, a powerful show business executive who threatened to ruin people's careers.

A report that Price had been investigated by Amazon for "unwanted sexual remarks" to the producer of The Man in the High Castle was first reported by Kim Masters in late August in the Information.

Casey Affleck - who has also been dogged by allegations of sexual harassment that he has denied - won a best actor Oscar this year for his role in the Amazon original movie "Manchester by the Sea".

In one incident, the lewd comments started during a cab ride to the party - and came even after she told him she's a lesbian with a wife and children, the magazine reported. As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, "Anal sex!" in her ear. She received no further updates on the claims, and refrained from sharing details publicly until now.

Amazon Studios head Roy Price has been put on a leave of absence, the content giant said Thursday.

Following her complaint, Hackett continued to work on her two Amazon shows - both of which are based on the works of her father, Philip K. Dick - including the upcoming Electric Dreams. Since then, she says she hasn't had any contact with Price. "I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change".

The allegations come after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was sacked because of his sexual harassment of many actress and other women over the years. In tweets addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, McGowan said that after selling a project to Amazon, she voiced her concerns about Weinstein to Price, who allegedly ignored her.

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