Scott Rudin to ‘Step Back’ From Broadway After Bullying Allegations

Producer Scott Rudin introduced Saturday that he would step away from his Broadway productions following a narrative detailing his alleged abusive conduct by former workers.

In an apology revealed Saturday in The Washington Post, Rudin wrote, “After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately,” he mentioned within the assertion.

“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.”

In a Hollywood Reporter article earlier this month, a number of of Rudin’s former workers got here ahead with accusations of intimidation and bodily acts of aggression, a byproduct of the EGOT-winning producer’s “volcanic temper.” Rudin’s spokesperson beforehand denied the allegations prior to Rudin’s apology Saturday.

“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,” Rudin continued. “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 show.”

Rudin’s announcement and apology comes simply days after actress Karen Olivo, who appeared within the Broadway (non-Rudin) manufacturing of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, announced she wouldn’t return to the present due to the Broadway neighborhood’s “unacceptable silence” following the allegations in opposition to Rudin.

Prior to the pandemic, Rudin had three productions on Broadway: Book of Mormon, Aaron Sorkin’s hit To Kill a Mockingbird adaptation and a brand new model of West Side Story, with plans for a revival of The Music Man as nicely. However, the apology didn’t specify whether or not Rudin can even step again “active participation” from the numerous movies and tv packages the producer additionally has within the works.

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