Amazon Studios has become the latest media company to become embroiled in allegations of sexual harassment after its boss was accused of making repeated sexual advances toward another Amazon producer in 2015.
Amazon moved quickly to send Roy Price on a ‘leave of absence’ while it investigates claims that he lewdly propositioned Isa Dick Hackett; executive producer of The Man in the High Castle, published in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In it Hackett alleges that Price made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward her after the pair met at a Comic-Con dinner in San Diego. This included making repeated propositions while sharing a taxi with then fellow Amazon exec Michael Paull, including references to male genitalia.
This was followed up later by Price bellowing ‘Anal sex!’ at Hackett in close quarters.
For the period of Price’s enforced departure Amazon Studios has asked chief operating officer Albert Cheng to fill in for Price.
Hackett was inspired to come forward with her story following the emergence of widespread allegations of sexual harassment leveled against film producer Harvey Weinstein. This in turn has prompted a boycott of Twitter by women, angered at the treatment of Rose McGowan after the actress made her own criticism of Weinstein.