Suspended Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Had ‘Close Relationship’ With Harvey Weinstein

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios who reportedly had a close relationship with Harvey Weinstein, has been suspended after being publicly accused of sexual harassment.

Isa Hackett, executive producer of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, told The Hollywood Reported this week that Roy Price propositioned her and made inappropriate comments towards her after a day of promoting the show at Comic-Con in 2015. Hackett says that she reported the incident at the time, but it was only after she told her story to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that Price was suspended.

In a Deadline article published earlier this week, it was noted that Price and Weinstein are friends, with this being one of the reasons that Amazon Studios entered into a $230 million deal with The Weinstein Company to produce two shows from Matthew Weiner and David O. Russell.

“Amazon picked up The Romanoffs in a eight-episode, $70 million deal and the David O. Russell’s series in a two-season $160 million deal within a span of two weeks last fall, with the close relationship between Amazon Studios head Roy Price and Harvey Weinstein said to have been a factor in the back-to-back big-ticket buys,” Deadline reported.

Roy Price and Harvey Weinstein attend Museum of the Moving Image Award for Achievement in Media and Entertainment at Park Hyatt Hotel New York on June 6, 2017 in New York City.

Roy Price and Harvey Weinstein in 2017. | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

At the same time that these harassment claims were published by The Hollywood Reporter, actress Rose McGowan called out Amazon on Twitter. She said that she was working on a show for Amazon last year, but when she found out that the studio would be doing business with The Weinstein Company, she immediately told them that Harvey Weinstein had raped her. McGowan says that no one at Amazon listened to these allegations, and soon her show was dead.

When McGowan called on Amazon to “stop funding rapists, alleged pedos and sexual harassers,” she’s not just referring to Harvey Weinstein and Roy Price. Amazon also does business with Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexual abuse. They also recently distributed Manchester by the Sea, a movie starring Casey Affleck, who has been accused of sexual harassment. Affleck won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2017 Academy Awards.

This week was not the first time that it was made known that Roy Price had been accused of sexual harassment. The Information reported in August that Amazon had had investigated this allegation. But this week, Isa Hackett went public with the claim in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that she was in some ways inspired by the Harvey Weinstein stories.

Isa Hackett and David Zucker at the Man in the High Castle premiere

Isa Hackett and David Zucker at the Man in the High Castle premiere. | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios

“I think women inspire each other,” she said. “I feel inspired by the other women who have been far braver than I am, who have come forward. I hope we all continue to inspire each other and ultimately create change.”

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