Amazon has suspended its studio head, Roy Price, in the wake of harassment allegations from The Man in High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett. "Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” a spokesperson tells The Verge.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hackett recounted Price’s gross and repeated misconduct. In addition to crudely propositioning Hackett several times, telling her, “You will love my dick,” Hackett says he also approached her at a party and loudly said “Anal sex!” into her ear.
The news is the latest harassment allegation in a mountain of accounts over the last few days involving film producer Harvey Weinstein — a move that also has Amazon considering its connection there. “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.,” Amazon tells The Verge.
Hackett says she was inspired by the women who came forward — including actresses Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Ashley Judd, Asia Argento, and more than two dozen others — about Weinstein’s long history of sexual abuse of women. “Having power and influence is such a huge responsibility,” Hackett told THR. “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.”
As women continue to speak out about their harassment experiences, more have been encouraged to come forward in the last few days. Following Ben Affleck’s condemnation of Weinstein, Rose McGowan called the actor out on Twitter.
Shortly after, footage surfaced of Affleck groping actress Hilarie Burton on TRL. McGowan has also been vocal in taking Amazon to task, tweeting at CEO Jeff Bezos, “I am calling on you to stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers. I love @amazon but there is rot in Hollywood.”
1) @jeffbezos I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 12, 2017
In the wake of the high-profile Weinstein stories — and the increasing evidence that companies working with the filmmaker are paying attention to the accusations — an increasing number of men and women have been emboldened to share their stories of harassment and assault. Former NFL player and actor Terry Crews explained how he was groped by an unidentified “high level Hollywood executive.” Yesterday, actress Carrie Stevens alleged that Oliver Stone groped her walking out of a party. Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted today about a “weird” encounter she’d had with the filmmaker.
Many of these stories continue to unfold on social media. Today, many Twitter users are boycotting the service for 24 hours in support of McGowan and victims of sexual assault. The Weinstein Company has reported that Harvey Weinstein is on indefinite leave from the company following the scandal.