TV producer’s sexual harassment claim leads to suspension of top exec at Amazon Studios

Isa Hackett (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)

Isa Hackett, the executive producer for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, has spoken publicly for the first time about the sexual harassment she allegedly suffered at the hands of Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, in 2015.

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Hackett said that the harassment initially started during a cab ride with Price and Michael Paull, then another top Amazon executive, after Price invited her to an Amazon staff party at the W Hotel in San Diego. In the cab, she said, Price repeatedly propositioned her with lines such as, “You will love my dick,” in spite of the fact that Hackett had told Price that she was not only uninterested in him but a lesbian with a wife and children. She said Price would not relent during the cab ride, or even after they arrived at the party. At one point, she recalled, she was talking with other executives when Price crept up behind her and loudly said, “Anal sex!” in her ear.

Asked about why she didn’t speak out publicly about Price earlier, Hackett noted that she still has two shows that she’s producing with Amazon.

Roy Price of Amazon Studios . (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

“I love these shows and I value my experience at Amazon,” Hackett said. “ 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.”

Hackett added that she did report the “shocking and surreal” incident immediately to Amazon executives, but that she was never told the result of Amazon’s inquiry into Price’s behavior.

In recent days, dozens of women have spoken out about alleged sexual harassment and rape by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Among them was Rose McGowan, who had accused Price on Twitter of having ignored her claim that Weinstein had raped her. McGowan had previously spoken last year about an unnamed producer, presumably Weinstein, who reached a settlement with McGowan when she was 23 after “an episode in a hotel room.” Just hours after Hackett went public about her allegations on Thursday, Price was suspended indefinitely by Amazon.

In her interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hackett also talked about the women who inspired her to speak out, and about what it would take to change the culture in Hollywood.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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