Hours after the Hollywood Reporter published a story about Amazon Studios’ Roy Price allegedly sexually harassing a producer of one of the streamer’s shows, Price has been put on leave. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the news to BuzzFeed News: “Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately. We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Company.” Variety was the first to report Price’s suspension.
A report that Price had been investigated by Amazon for “unwanted sexual remarks” toward Isa Hackett, a producer of The Man in the High Castle, was first reported by Kim Masters in late August in the Information. But the story got little pickup then. Then earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal wrote a devastating analysis of why the company is failing in the original content business, revealing that the company had passed on The Handmaid’s Tale (which went to Hulu and won many Emmy awards) and Big Little Lies (which went to HBO and also dominated the Emmys). The shows the streaming service has picked up have barely made a cultural impact, other than Transparent, which has won several Emmys and attracted buzz during its first few seasons.
In the wake of the investigative stories about Harvey Weinstein in the New York Times and New Yorker, revealing allegations of sexual harassment and assault, Hackett felt further emboldened, and talked to Masters again for a story in the Hollywood Reporter. Hackett is the daughter of Philip K. Dick, whose work provides the source material for The Man in the High Castle, and when she and Price were at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2015, he propositioned her. “You will love my dick,” Hackett said Price told her in a cab.
Price’s attorney Charles Harder did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for a comment about Price’s suspension and Hackett’s allegations.