Producer Scott Rudin Steps Again Following Exposé of Abusive Conduct

Producer Scott Rudin Steps Back Following Exposé of Abusive Behavior

Media titan Scott Rudin, certainly one of solely 16 individuals ever to win aggressive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards, and the one particular person to have completed so solely as a producer, advised the Washington Submit that he’s “stepping again,” at the very least from his Broadway ventures. This comes within the wake of an exposé revealed by The Hollywood Reporter lower than two weeks in the past that particulars a long time of abusive habits.

“I’m profoundly sorry for the ache my habits precipitated to people, instantly and not directly,” he advised the Submit’s Peter Marks. “After a interval of reflection, I’ve made the choice to step again from lively participation on our Broadway productions, efficient instantly.”

Throughout Rudin’s time away from producing, he says he will probably be “taking steps that I ought to have taken years in the past to deal with this habits.”

The ultimate straw to creating the announcement was doubtless Karen Olivo resigning from Moulin Rouge! The Musical previous to its return to the boards as an illustration in opposition to the what she construed to be the the theater world’s indifference to Rudin’s actions. “Constructing a greater business is extra necessary than me placing cash in my pockets,” Olivo stated. That Moulin Rouge! was not even a Rudin manufacturing undoutebdly had even wider resonance throughout the neighborhood.

This got here on the heels of an announcement from SAG-AFTRA demanding “harassment-free workplaces within the arts,” the timing of which might be seen as a repudiation of Rudin. Additionally, RadarOnline reported that “sources” advised them that Hugh Jackman was “feeling stress” to pull-out of the Rudin-produced revival of The Music Man, which is able to certainly be one of many hottest tickets on the town as soon as Broadway reopens.

Whereas Rudin’s stature as a “horrible boss” has been identified for a era (certainly, Kevin Spacey‘s efficiency within the 1994 movie Swimming with Sharks is usually accepted to have been based mostly on him) THR’s story, replete with photos of hurled baked potatoes, smashed pc screens, and damaged arms, has received individuals reminiscing about previous tales.

The Submit writes that Rudin stepping again has “doubtlessly immense penalties” for Broadway, and cites 77 totally different musicals and performs with a Rudin producer credit score for the reason that early 1990s.

There is no such thing as a phrase at present on whether or not Rudin will proceed to work on movie manufacturing, or if he’ll equally “step again.”

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