Amazon Investigated Studio Chief Roy Price Over Claim of Sexual Remarks

Danny Woods
October 16, 2017

While the tipping point for Price's leave of absence, imposed on him yesterday, was the release of salacious details about how he propositioned The Man In The High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett Dick during Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego, he already had been under heavy scrutiny.

Though she told multiple colleagues immediately after, Hackett hasn't discussed the encounter publicly until now.

"Having power and influence is such a huge responsibility", Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter. She was inspired, she explained, by the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein. As somebody with some power, I feel it is imperative for me to speak out. An inquiry was launched, and Hackett never saw Price again at an event for one of her shows, but other than that, the findings of the investigation remain mysterious to her, she says. I want to call out [Price's] behavior and also hold myself to a certain standard. 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. But this incident has been looming and it's hard to shake it. You don't want to bring this into it.

"I don't feel afraid of him", she tells THR, "but it's hard after you report something because you're carrying this anxiety about how to interact with somebody if and when you do see them" she explained. It's in the back of your mind.

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Rumors were flying in the spring, when information about the incident started to surface, that Price could be leaving, with Paramount TV president Amy Powell as a name tipped as a potential replacement.

As Amazon brass are huddled up in Seattle, pondering the fate of suspended Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, Hollywood is still absorbing the news, which came as an aftershock following the massive Harvey Weinstein quake that had shaken Tinseltown to its core.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that Price had been suspended. But after insisting her rape claims weren't credible, she says, he had her project with the streaming service killed. 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". "Over and Over I said it. I said I was the proof".

"It is said over and over and sounds like a cliché, but we desperately need more women in leadership positions in Hollywood".

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