Amazon’s Roy Price Resigns After Sexual Harassment Reports
In the aftermath of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and assault of various women, reports were also circulating about Amazon’s programming chief, Roy Price. Price has now resigned, according to a company spokeswoman. He took a leave of absence last week and Albert Cheng, the studio's chief operating officer, remains interim head of the division.
Isa Hackett, executive producer of series such as Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle and the upcoming anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, claimed that Price propositioned her in a cab at a promotional event once.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Hackett said:
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. But this incident has been looming and it’s difficult to shake it. I didn’t want the details to come out previously because I didn’t want to distract or deflate the energies of all the people who are so invested in these shows, and all of that positivity. You don’t want to bring this into it. It feels demoralizing.Isa Hackett
Hackett recounted that Price was quite insistent in his proposition to 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. As a lesbian with a wife and children, Hackett made it clear to Price that she wasn’t interested. She also reported the details of the incident to Amazon executives immediately.
We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees. We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage people to raise any concerns and we make it a priority to investigate and address them. Accordingly, we looked closely at this specific concern and addressed it directly with those involved.Amazon Spokesperson in an exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter
The allegations incidentally, were followed by the #MeToo campaign on social media, where many women shared their experiences of mistreatment and sexual harassment.
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