“Roy Price, the executive in charge of Amazon’s growing investment in movies and television shows, was suspended by the company on Thursday after a Hollywood producer publicly accused him of making unwanted sexual advances toward her,” reports The New York Times.
The Times story adds, “Mr. Price, the head of Amazon Studios, was accused of lewdly propositioning Isa Dick Hackett, a producer of one of its most popular shows, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published earlier in the day.
“In the interview, Ms. Hackett, an executive producer of the Amazon series ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ said that Mr. Price had repeatedly made unwanted sexual advances toward her two years ago after a dinner at Comic-Con in San Diego.”
Writes The Hollywood Reporter, “Hackett says Price repeatedly and insistently propositioned her. ‘You will love my dick,’ he said, according to Hackett, who relayed her account to multiple individuals in the hours after the alleged episode. (The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed Hackett told at least two people about the alleged incident in the immediate aftermath.) Hackett says she made clear to Price she was not interested and told him that she is a lesbian with a wife and children.
“Hackett says Price did not relent in the cab or once they arrived at the Amazon party. As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, ‘Anal sex!’ in her ear.
“Hackett says she reported the incident to Amazon executives immediately. An outside investigator, Christine Farrell of Public Interest Investigations Inc., was brought in and spoke to Hackett and executives at Amazon. Hackett says she was never told the outcome of that inquiry, but notes that she hasn’t seen Price at any events involving her shows.”
THR adds, “Hackett’s allegations against Price were initially reported in the tech news website The Information in August.”
Variety first broke the story that Price has been suspended.
Roy Price during a TV interview in April, 2017 (Found on YouTube)