Producer Scott Rudin will “step back” from his film and streaming projects in addition to his Broadway productions in the wake of allegations about his abusive workplace behavior. Rudin, whose upcoming films include Netflix’s “The Woman in the Window” and A24’s “The Humans,” said he will “take the time to work on personal issues I should have long ago.”
The announcement comes as top talent and studios had grown wary of working with Rudin following a report in The Hollywood Reporter that provided detailed accounts of bullying of subordinates. The new comments follow a Saturday missive in which Rudin said he was “stepping back” from Broadway, his primary axis of power over the last decade and before.
“When I commented over the weekend, I was focused on Broadway reopening successfully and not wanting my previous behavior to detract from everyone’s efforts to return,” Rudin said. “It’s clear to me I should take the same path in film and streaming. I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior has caused and I take this step with a commitment to grow and change.”
The new comments follow a Saturday missive in which Rudin said he was “stepping back” from Broadway, his primary axis of power over the last decade and before. He has produced such hits as “The Book of Mormon” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“Much has been written about my history of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior caused to individuals, directly and indirectly,” Rudin said in the Saturday statement.
In the Reporter’s story, Rudin was depicted as throwing things at employees, including a stapler and baked potato, berating staffers and threatening them with career retribution if they left his employment, and smashing a computer monitor on the hand of an assistant, sending him to the emergency room.
Initially, actors, Broadway players, and filmmakers were largely silent about the allegations. That changed over the weekend. During an Instagram live conversation, Sutton Foster who was set to star in a Rudin-produced revival of “The Music Man,” spoke on behalf of herself and her costar, Hugh Jackman. Foster said both actors hoped to create “an incredible, safe, inclusive, loving, amazing environment for everyone involved.”
Also on Sunday, the twin brother of former Rudin assistant Kevin Graham-Caso addressed the producer in an emotional social media post, demanding “real consequences” from the entertainment industry for Rudin’s alleged behavior. Friends of the late assistant spoke to Variety on Monday, offering emails from the time echoing Graham-Caso’s distress under Rudin.
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