Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, who has presided over the tech giant’s rise into a major Hollywood film and TV player, was investigated by the company for allegedly making unwanted sexual remarks toward a producer for one of its shows, The Information reported exclusively on Friday.
According to the report, based on information gained through people with knowledge of the inquiry and communications viewed by the website, Price allegedly made remarks to Isa Hackett, a producer for the series “The Man in the High Castle,” during promotional events for the show at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.
Hackett is the daughter of author Philip K. Dick, who wrote the novel that inspired the show. She remains with “High Castle” and will also be working on another upcoming series, “Electric Dreams.” She commented in a statement to The Information:
“I do not wish to discuss the details of this troubling incident with Roy except to say Amazon investigated immediately and with an outside investigator. It’s my great privilege and responsibility to oversee adaptations of my father’s work and I intend to remain focused on doing my very best to give fans thoughtful, faithful and entertaining shows.”
The report does not have any details regarding the findings of the investigation, which involved interviews with Amazon employees and Hackett after the alleged incident.
Price, who remains in his job, never commented publicly, and Amazon said in a statement, “We take seriously any questions about the conduct of our employees. We expect people to set high standards for themselves; we encourage employees to raise any concerns; and we make it a priority to investigate and address them.”
Price, 50, is a Hollywood veteran who previously worked at Disney and joined Amazon in 2004.