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Loud, explicit, relentless: Amazon Studios boss Roy Price resigns amid allegations of ‘surreal’ sexual harassment

Price is accused of propositioning producer Isa Hackett for sex, in front of colleagues and other executives

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 9:50am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 October, 2017, 8:39pm

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, has resigned from his position amid allegations that he loudly and explicitly sexually harassed a producer of one of the company’s most high-profile shows.

An Amazon Studios spokesman on Tuesday confirmed Price’s resignation. It follows his suspension by the company last week.

Isa Hackett, a producer on The Man in the High Castle, described the 2015 encounter in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. She told the outlet that she was ready to talk about the “shocking and surreal” episode following bombshell reports detailing sexual harassment and assault allegations made against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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“I think women inspire each other. I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward,” Hackett said. “I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change.”

According to Hackett, Price and she had been promoting the T he Man in the High Castle at Comic-Con in San Diego and ended up in a cab together with another Amazon executive who has since left the company. Hackett told the Reporter that Price relentlessly propositioned her, telling her, “You’ll love my ****.”

Once they all arrived at their destination, an Amazon staff party, Price loudly said “anal sex” in her ear as she talked with other executives, according to Hackett.

“We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson told the Reporter. “We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved.”

Hackett is the daughter of Philip Dick, whose work forms the basis of The Man in the High Castle. The tech news website Information reported in August that Amazon.com investigated an allegation that Price made unwanted sexual remarks to Hackett.

Soon after Hackett’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter published, Amazon announced that the executive was on a leave of absence. A representative added: “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with the Weinstein Co.”

Since last week, numerous women have gone on the record with stories of men in the entertainment industry sexually harassing them, including Rose McGowan, who reportedly privately settled with Weinstein in 1997 and has since gone public to accuse him of raping her. Weinstein “unequivocally denied” any allegations of nonconsensual sex, spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said in a statement.

McGowan tweeted to Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos last week that her complaints to the company about Weinstein were ignored. “Amazon won a dirty Oscar,” she tweeted.

Price has deep familial ties to Hollywood: His father is former Columbia and Universal Pictures chief Frank Price, and his grandfather was a prominent TV show creator. Roy Price worked for Disney Animation before joining Amazon in 2004.