Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle,” is accusing head of Amazon Studios Roy Price of sexual harassment. Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick — whose work is the basis for Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” — says on the evening of July 10, 2015, after promoting a series at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hackett attended a dinner with the show’s cast. That is where she first met Price. After asking her to attend an Amazon staff party later that night at the W Hotel, Price and her ended up in a taxi with Michael Paull, a former Amazon executive and now CEO of the digital media company BAMTech.
During the car ride, Hackett says Price repeatedly propositioned her. “You will love my dick,” he said, according to Hackett, who relayed her account to multiple individuals hours after the alleged episode. Hackett says she made clear to Price she was not interested and told him that she is a lesbian with a wife and children.
But Price persisted. At one point during the staff party, she says that Price stepped close to her and loudly said, “Anal sex!” in her ear.
Hackett says she reported the incident to Amazon executives immediately, but she was never told the outcome of that inquiry.
“We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees,” an Amazon spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement. “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.”
Price, through a spokesperson, declined to comment.
Hackett was reluctant to talk publicly about the incident, THR Reports, but but in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal she agreed to an interview with THR, which can be found below:
Why are you ready to come forward now?
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.
What were you feeling the evening of this alleged incident?
It was shocking and surreal.
What has it been like in the aftermath?
I haven’t seen Roy. I’ve not been around him. I don’t feel afraid of him, but it’s difficult after you report something because you’re carrying this anxiety about how to interact with somebody if and when you do see them. You’re aware that other people may or may not know about it. It’s in the back of your mind. It’s a dark experience that’s sitting there. Obviously, I opted to take another show to Amazon because I love the team there. The experience, with the exception of this matter, has been entirely positive and I value the relationships.
Did the Harvey Weinstein scandal also inspire you to go public?
Yes, it has. I think women inspire each other. 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.
What can change the culture in Hollywood?
It is said over and over and sounds like a cliché, but we desperately need more women in leadership positions in Hollywood. There’s a culture of harassment [in Hollywood] and we need an infusion of new and diverse leadership, not just including women but gay people, people of color, people with disabilities — people with the full spectrum of life experience.
THR was the first to break the story.