'High Castle' Producer Accuses Amazon Studio Chief of Harassment

13 October, 2017, 04:42 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Amazon studio executive Roy Price is accused of sexual harassment by producer Isa Hackett

"Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately", an Amazon spokesperson told Reuters on Thursday. "We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co".

Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content, has been suspended from the retail giant and streaming platform following a harassment claim from one of the company's producers.

Additionally, Thursday's announcement came soon after actress Rose McGowan went after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for his company allegedly ignoring her warnings about Harvey Weinstein.

The allegations come after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was sacked because of his sexual harassment of many actress and other women over the years.

The Hollywood Reporter today published an interview in which Hackett detailed the incident, which she said took place the evening of July 10, 2015, while she was promoting The Man in the High Castle at Comic-Con in San Diego.

A representative for attorney Lisa Bloom, who announced last week would no longer represent Weinstein this week, told the publication she would no longer represent Price. As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, "Anal sex!" in her ear.

Amazon released a mealy-mouthed statement that read in part, "W$3 e looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved". He was sacked from his company, Weinstein Co., last weekend.

Price has been at Amazon since 2004, working on their video services for over a decade. The Jill Soloway comedy Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor, became a critical and awards season favorite, and Man in the High Castleand Goliath are said to have been among the streamer's most-viewed originals.

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". Price is the president of Amazon Studios, a division of Amazon that focuses on TV shows and films.

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