Amazon suspends Studios chief amid sex harassment allegation
Oct 14 2017
"Roy Price is on a leave of absence effective immediately", an Amazon spokesman said in a statement, adding that, "we are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co". She never learned the conclusions the investigation reached, but she hasn't encountered Price since, she told the Reporter.
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. 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.
In her tweetstorm to Bezos, McGowan says that "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me". Price, despite hearing that Hackett was uninterested (and that she is a lesbian with a wife and children) refused to stop.
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. Others were allegedly witness to this behaviour, which Hackett promptly reported to Amazon.
"Multiple agents and producers who spoke to Variety in recent weeks speculated that such a departure may come soon".
Earlier, Amazon said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter that they "looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved". I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward. Amazon, sources say, is on the hook for $40 million for the Russell drama and the Weiner show is already halfway through production. As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, "Anal sex!" in her ear.
Price's suspension came after actress Rose McGowan tweeted at Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday that she had told the head of Amazon Studios-without naming Price-that Weinstein had raped her.
"But this incident has been looming and it's hard to shake it".