Amazon TV Producer Goes Public With Harassment Claim Against Top Exec Roy Price (Exclusive)

“You will adore my dick,” Price allegedly pronounced to Isa Hackett, a writer on ‘The Man in a High Castle,’ who sum a Jul 2015 occurrence during Comic-Con in San Diego.

In a arise of revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s purported years-long passionate nuisance and assault, a writer of one of Amazon Studios’ highest-profile TV shows is prepared to pronounce about her “shocking and surreal” knowledge with Amazon’s programming arch Roy Price.

Isa Hackett is a daughter of author Philip K. Dick, whose work is a basement for Amazon’s The Man in a High Castle, as good as a arriving anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Hackett, 50, is an executive writer on both series. Price, 51, is control of Amazon Studios and has presided over a expansion into a vital streaming use with such array as Transparent and cinema such as Manchester by a Sea. His family has deep connections in a celebration world: His father, Frank, ran Columbia Pictures and Universal Studios. (The existence of a purported occurrence minute next and a successive Amazon review were previously reported by a website The Information.)

On a dusk of Jul 10, 2015, after a prolonged day of promoting Man in a High Castle at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hackett attended a cooking with a show’s expel and Amazon staff during the U.S. Grant Hotel. There she says she met Price for a initial time. He asked her to attend an Amazon staff celebration after that night during a W Hotel (now a Renaissance) and she finished adult in a cab with Price and Michael Paull, afterwards another tip Amazon executive and now CEO of a digital media association BAMTech.
Once in a cab, Hackett says Price regularly and insistently propositioned her. “You will adore my dick,” he said, according to Hackett, who relayed her criticism to mixed people in a hours after a purported episode. (The Hollywood Reporter has reliable Hackett told during slightest dual people about a purported occurrence in a evident aftermath.) Hackett says she done transparent to Price she was not meddlesome and told him that she is a lesbian with a mother and children.

Hackett says Price did not surrender in a cab or once they arrived during a Amazon party. As she talked with other executives, she says that Price stepped tighten to her and aloud said, “Anal sex!” in her ear.

Hackett says she reported a occurrence to Amazon executives immediately. An outward investigator, Christine Farrell of Public Interest Investigations Inc., was brought in and spoke to Hackett and executives during Amazon. Hackett says she was never told a outcome of that inquiry, though records that she hasn’t seen Price during any events involving her shows.

“We take severely any questions about a control of a employees,” an Amazon orator tells THR in a statement. “We design people to set high standards for themselves; we enthuse people to lift any concerns and we make it a priority to examine and residence them. Accordingly, we looked closely during this specific regard and addressed it directly with those involved.” 

Price, by a spokesperson, declined to comment. Hours after a initial announcement of this story, Amazon dangling a exec, saying, “Roy Price is on leave of deficiency effective immediately.”

Hackett formerly was demure to pronounce publicly about a incident. While her story is not on a same turn as a claims of rape intended during Weinstein, she nonetheless has motionless to fact a confront after conference a new stories of other women in Hollywood. She concluded to an talk on Wednesday.

Why are we prepared to come brazen now?

Having energy and change is such a outrageous responsibility. As somebody with some power, we feel it is needed for me to pronounce out. we wish to call out [Price’s] function and also reason myself to a certain standard. It’s formidable since of a fact that we have dual shows and we adore those shows and we value my knowledge during Amazon. But this occurrence has been appearing and it’s formidable to shake it. we didn’t wish a sum to come out formerly since we didn’t wish to confuse or discourage a energies of all a people who are so invested in these shows, and all of that positivity. You don’t wish to move this into it. It feels demoralizing.

What were we feeling a dusk of this purported incident?

It was intolerable and surreal.

What has it been like in a aftermath?

I haven’t seen Roy. I’ve not been around him. we don’t feel fearful of him, though it’s formidable after we news something since you’re carrying this stress about how to correlate with somebody if and when we do see them. You’re wakeful that other people might or might not know about it. It’s in a behind of your mind. It’s a dim knowledge that’s sitting there. Obviously, we opted to take another uncover to Amazon since we adore a group there. The experience, with a difference of this matter, has been wholly certain and we value a relationships. 

Did a Harvey Weinstein liaison also enthuse we to go public?

Yes, it has. we consider women enthuse any other. we feel desirous by a other women who have been distant braver than we am, who have come forward. we wish we all continue to enthuse any other and eventually emanate change.

What can change a enlightenment in Hollywood?

It is pronounced over and over and sounds like a cliché, though we desperately need some-more women in care positions in Hollywood. There’s a enlightenment of nuisance [in Hollywood] and we need an distillate of new and different leadership, not only including women though happy people, people of color, people with disabilities — people with a full spectrum of life experience.

Oct. 12, 5:20 pm Updated with Amazon’s matter of Roy Price’s suspension. 

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