LOS ANGELES – E-commerce giant Amazon suspended on Thursday Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios and Prime Video Global Content, after allegations of sexual harassment against him emerged recently, the entertainment media Variety reported.
“Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” an Amazon spokesperson said on Thursday in a statement.
The news came a few hours after the Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, who has worked as a producer on the series “The Man in the High Castle” and “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”
Hackett said that after the producer Harvey Weinstein was found embroiled in numerous cases of sexual harassment and abuse, she felt compelled to talk about a “shocking and surreal” experience which she said she suffered in 2015 involving Price and which had come to light in August on the tech website The Information.
According to Hackett’s account, Price repeatedly and persistently propositioned her as they traveled in a taxi after promoting a show at the San Diego Comic-Con and he continued to make sexual propositions at a party later.
The producer reported the incident to Amazon executives and an investigation began.
Although Hackett never learned the result of the investigations, she said to have noticed that she no longer sees Price in any event.
“Having power and influence is such a huge responsibility. As somebody with some power, I feel it is imperative for me to speak out. I want to call out (Price’s) behavior and also hold myself to a certain standard. It’s difficult because of the fact that I have two shows and I love those shows and I value my experience at Amazon,” Hackett said.
Price has worked in Amazon since 2004 and, as head of Amazon Studios, has been behind series such as “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Crisis in Six Scenes” by Woody Allen or “Man in the High Castle,” as well as films such as “Manchester By The Sea.”
Price’s suspension came amid the scandals surrounding Weinstein, one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, who has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by dozens of actresses and models.
Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd, Lea Seydoux and Asia Argento are among the women who have reported different incidents against Weinstein, with the allegations ranging from abusive sexual behavior to rape.