Scott Rudin says he’s ‘stepping back’ from film, streaming work amid bullying allegations

As allegations of bullying continue to plague Scott Rudin, the Hollywood producer announced Tuesday that he would be stepping back from his film and streaming work days after doing the same for his Broadway productions.

In a statement, Rudin said he would use the time to “work on personal issues I should have long ago.” The producer, who has many movie projects in development, didn’t expand on what “stepping back” entailed. 

“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.”

Scott Rudin: Producer is ‘profoundly sorry,’ will step back from Broadway amid bullying allegations

Upcoming movies with a producer credit for Rudin – who won an Oscar in 2008 for best picture winner “No Country for Old Men” – include Netflix’s adaptation of the bestseller “The Woman in the Window” starring Amy Adams, A24’s adaptation of the Tony-winning play “The Humans” and Joel Coen’s Shakespearean “The Tragedy of Macbeth” with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. 

Scott Rudin is stepping back from film and streaming work as well as Broadway productions amid allegations of bullying. (Photo: Matt Sayles, AP)

The move comes two weeks after The Hollywood Reporter’s April 7 cover story on Rudin, which contained accounts of the producing heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at former employees.

Rudin originally broke his silence Saturday, saying he was “profoundly sorry” and announced that his roles in theater work “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.”

Rudin also did not deny the allegations. “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. I am now taking steps that I should have taken years ago to address this behavior,” he said.

The revelations in The Hollywood Reporter prompted the performers’ unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802 to come together condemn illegal harassment and harassment that creates a toxic work environment for entertainment employees.

The neon lights are bright again on Broadway. After over a year, Broadway's famed St. James theatre had it first performance since the beginning of the pandemic on Saturday. (April 3)

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The allegations also prompted Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo to pull out of returning to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” once it reopens. There are also plans for a protest March on Broadway on Wednesday, with stops at both Rudin’s office as well as the Winter Garden Theatre, where Rudin is producing the Broadway revival of “The Music Man.” There’s also a campaign to persuade Actors’ Equity Association to add Rudin to a Do Not Work list.

In addition to “The Music Man,” Rudin’s current slate of Broadway shows includes “The Book of Mormon,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a revival of “West Side Story.”

In his statement, Rudin mentioned the upcoming reopening of Broadway after the pandemic shuttered theaters for more than a year. He said he did not want to “interrupt” the work ahead.

“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 1,500 people working on these shows.”

Contributing: Associated Press

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