San Francisco, Oct 13: Amazon Studios chief Roy Price was suspended by the company on Thursday after a producer accused him of sexually harassing her. He is also accused of ignoring an actress’ claim of a sexual assault by producer Harvey Weinstein. Isa Dick Hackett, a producer on one of Amazon.com Inc’s shows ‘The Man in the High Castle’, accused Price of making sexual advances at her in 2015.
After putting Price on an immediate leave of absence, Amazon, in a statement, said, “Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately. We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”
In an interview, Hackett said that Roy Price had repeatedly made advances at her after a dinner at Comic-Con in San Diego. On being asked about the allegations Hackett made at Price, she said that the details in the article were “accurate”. “I just wanted to get that out,” Hackett was quoted as saying by The New York Times on Thursday.
According to the article, in which she accused Price of sexually harassing her, written by Kim Masters, Hackett said that she entered a cab with Price and the then executive at Amazon executive at Amazon to go to a party. She said that Price repeatedly propositioned and even used a vulgar term for male genitalia. While she was talking to other executives, Price came over and said “Anal sex!” loudly in her ear.
On Thursday, actress Rose McGowan had told Price that she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein, who was forced to leave the company following the reports of him harassing a number of women in last few years. In a tweet to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, she had criticised the company for working with Weinstein Co.
At least 32 women including Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein,” said spokeswoman for Harvey Weinstein.
Hackett told the Hollywood Reporter that the mounting allegations against Weinstein inspired her to speak up against Roy Price. “I think women inspire each other. I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am…hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change,” she said.
However, Hackett’s her attorney Christopher Tricarico said that she has no intentions to pursue legal action against Amazon or Roy Price.