The head of Amazon Studios resigned today after being accused of sexual harassment by a producer, The New York Times reports, noting that a spokesman for Amazon confirmed the resignation of Roy Price.
“Mr. Price, who was in charge of Amazon’s efforts to create original movies and television shows, had been suspended last week,” The Times reports. “Last week, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Isa Dick Hackett, an executive producer of the popular Amazon show ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ said Mr. Price had lewdly and repeatedly propositioned her in 2015.”
The report adds: “Mr. Price, who could not be reached for comment, made no secret of his departure from Amazon. Shortly before 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, he updated his Facebook page to say he had left his job.”
Price had been an executive with Amazon for the past 13 years.
“Mr. Price became a bit player in the [Harvey] Weinstein story when Rose McGowan, an actress who had reached a settlement with Mr. Weinstein in 1997 after an episode at a film festival, posted a series of tweets directed at Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon,” The Times notes. “In them, Ms. McGowan said she had told the head of Amazon Studios that Mr. Weinstein had raped her. (Ms. McGowan did not mention Mr. Price by name and did not respond to a message on Twitter asking for clarification.)”
The Times adds: “Before that series of tweets, Ms. McGowan had directed a Twitter message at Mr. Price concerning Mr. Weinstein, asking, ‘Remember when I told you not to do a deal with him and why?’”
Price oversaw shows including “Transparent” and “The Man in the High Castle” while at Amazon.