Broadway producer Scott Ruddin resigns after accusations of bullying
Broadway producer Scott Ruddin resigns after accusations of bullying including throwing a baked potato at an assistant and smashing a computer on another’s hand
- Scott Rudin’s former staffers spoke out about his alleged abusive and bullying behavior in interviews with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month
- On Saturday, he apologized for the pain he has caused and said he was ‘stepping aside’
- The allegations, which date back decades, range from physical and emotional abuse to bullying and mistreatment
- The 62-year-old, who runs Scott Rudin Productions, is among the most decorated producers in the industry
- Former staffers have claimed he once assaulted an assistant with a computer monitor and threw a baked potato at another employee
- Others described Rudin screaming at them from such a close distance that his spit landed on their faces
- Rudin, whose latest production Woman In The Window starring Amy Adams will be released next month, wouldn’t comment on the allegations
Broadway producer Scott Rudin has stepped down amid accusations of bullying staff that include claims he threw a baked potato at one assistant’s head and mashed a computer over another’s hand.
Rudin told The Washington Post on Saturday: ‘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.
‘After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately. My roles will be filled by others from the Broadway community and in a number of cases, from the roster of participants already in place on those shows.
‘My passionate hope and expectation is that Broadway will reopen successfully very soon, and that the many talented artists associated with it will once again begin to thrive and share their artistry with the world. I do not want any controversy associated with me to interrupt Broadway’s well deserved return, or specifically, the return of the 1500 people working on these shows.’
Several of Rudin’s former staffers who worked for him at his Scott Rudin Productions spoke out about his alleged abusive and bullying behavior in a series of interviews with The Hollywood Reporter published on earlier this month.
The allegations leveled against the 62-year-old super-producer, which date back decades, range from physical and emotional abuse to bullying and mistreatment.
Many of the former staffers were entry-level employees who worked as assistants fresh out of college.
Broadway producer Scott Ruddin said on Saturday that he was stepping aside from his productions
In one alleged incident in 2012, Rudin was accused of sending a bleeding male assistant to the hospital after smashing an Apple computer monitor on the employee’s hand because he couldn’t get a seat on a sold-out flight.
Staffers also detailed witnessing him throw laptops at walls, a stapler at a theater assistant and a glass bowl at another employee that smashed after hitting a wall.
In 2018, he threw a baked potato at his then-assistant for not telling him earlier that he had a meeting scheduled with someone from the New York based A24 media company.
‘I went into the kitchen, and I was like, ‘Hey, Scott, A24 is on the way up. I’m not sure what it’s concerning,” the unnamed employee said.
‘And he flipped out, like, ‘Nobody told me A24 was on my schedule.’ He threw it at me, and I dodged a big potato. He was like, ‘Well, find out, and get me a new potato’.’
Others described Rudin screaming at them from such a close distance that his spit landed on their faces.
‘When you feel his spit on your face as he’s screaming at you, saying, ‘You’re worth nothing,’ it obviously makes an impact, and we’re young,’ one of his former assistants said.
‘Over his long career, there are hundreds and hundreds of people who have suffered. And some have given up their dreams because he made them feel and believe that they can’t do whatever it is they’re trying to do.’
Of the films Rudin has produced, 23 have won Oscars and 151 have been nominated. He is pictured above with Meryl Streep on the set of The Hours in 2002
Rudin is among the most decorated in the industry and is among the few to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards – otherwise known as EGOT status. He is pictured with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Viola Davis and Denzel Washington at the 2010 Tony Awards
Rudin is pictured second from left on the set of the 2002 film Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck (right) and director Roger Michell (left)
One former employee, Caroline Rugo, who worked as an executive coordinator for six months, said she could have sued Rudin but feared being blacklisted in the industry.
‘Everyone just knows he’s an absolute monster,’ Rugo said.
Sources told THR that lawsuits or complaints against Rudin’s bullying from employees were often quietly settled.
Some employees said he was also vindictive and would go as far as changing credits on IMDb that they had obtained working for him when they quit.
Rudin is among the most decorated in the industry and is among the few to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards – otherwise known as EGOT status.
Of the films he has produced, 23 have won Oscars and 151 have been nominated. Rudin has also won 17 Tony Awards for his work on Broadway.
His film producing credits include: No Country for Old Men, Lady Bird, The Social Network and The Truman Show.
While many in the industry have faced a reckoning in the wake of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, Rudin’s ex-employees say the super-producer has managed to continue on with his alleged abusive behavior.
No one who spoke to THR alleged sexual abuse of misconduct by Rudin.
Rudin is pictured on the New York set of Finally Famous with Chris Rock in 2014
His film producing credits include: No Country for Old Men, Lady Bird, The Social Network and The Truman Show. He is pictured above with The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg (left) and True Grit star Jeff Bridges (right)
Separately from the allegations made by his staffers, Rudin’s outbursts made headlines back in 2014 when emails he had written about stars, including Angelina Jolie, were leaked when Sony was the victim of hacking.
The most damning batch of emails that were leaked included one in which Rudin and Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal exchanged racist comments about President Barack Obama.
They spoke about what Pascal could speak to Obama about at a 2013 event and started listing off films about slavery and naming black actors.
Pascal stepped down as head of Sony in the wake of the hacking saga.
In a separate email, Rudin had called Angelina Jolie ‘a minimally talented spoiled brat’ while discussing who would direct her upcoming remake of Cleopatra.
Rudin issued an apology in the Sony hacking instance, saying the emails had been ‘written in haste’.
‘Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,’ Rudin said at the time.
‘I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive – and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.’
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