Amazon Studios chief Roy Price suspended over sexual assault allegation

14 October, 2017, 00:32 | Author: Laverne Higgins

Amazon says the head of Amazon Studios is on leave following allegations of sexual harassment.

"McGowan said she complained to Price about Weinstein, and that after that Amazon killed a project she was working on with Price's team". Details of her claims were first reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.

Amazon.com investigated an allegation that the head of its TV and film studio, Roy Price, made unwanted sexual remarks to Isa Hackett, an important producer of one of its highest-profile shows, according to Ms. Hackett, other people with knowledge of the inquiry and communications viewed by The Information. Check back for updates.

The claims include boasting about his penis and screaming "anal sex" in her ear in front of other executives at an Amazon afterparty. (The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Hackett told at least two people about the alleged incident in the immediate aftermath.) Hackett says she made clear to Price she was not interested and told him that she is lesbian with a wife and children.

Once in the cab, Hackett says Price repeatedly and insistently propositioned her. And Lila Byock, a writer on Manhattan and The Leftovers, drew a connection between Price's conduct and Amazon's habit of giving male creators with no TV experience like Woody Allen series deals while routing established female creators like Transparent's Jill Soloway through Amazon Prime's pilot process, and passing on shows like The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies altogether.

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An Amazon spokesperson told Variety: "Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately".

Hackett is the daughter of author Philip K. Dick and a producer of Amazon's "Man in the High Castle", based on his work. McGowan has also been vocal in taking Amazon to task, tweeting at CEO Jeff Bezos, "I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers".

Hackett reported the incidents to studio executives who brought in investigators to look further into the allegations, The Hollywood Reporter added.

Her interview about this "shocking and surreal" event talks about the difficulty of speaking out, the anxiety the event has left her with, and how the Harvey Weinstein scandal inspired her to go forward.

Actor Billy Bob Thornton (L) and Head of Amazon Studios Roy Price attend Amazon Studios Golden Globes Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017.

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