Scott Rudin will ‘step again’ after allegations of bullying

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amid mounting anger over allegations of bullying, Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin broke his silence Saturday, saying he’s “profoundly sorry” and can step again from his theater work.

“After a interval of reflection, I’ve made the choice to step again from energetic participation on our Broadway productions, efficient instantly. My roles might be crammed by others from the Broadway group and in numerous instances, from the roster of contributors already in place on these reveals,” Rudin stated in a press release.

The transfer comes greater than every week after The Hollywood Reporter’s cowl story on Rudin contained accounts of the manufacturing heavyweight throwing glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes at former workers. In his assertion Saturday he didn’t deny the allegations.

“A lot has been written about my historical past of troubling interactions with colleagues, and I’m profoundly sorry for the ache my habits precipitated to people, immediately and not directly. I’m now taking steps that I ought to have taken years in the past to handle this habits,” he stated.

The revelations in The Hollywood Reporter additionally prompted the performers’ unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Fairness and the American Federation of Musicians Native 802 to come back collectively condemn unlawful harassment and harassment that creates a poisonous work setting for leisure workers.

The revelations additionally prompted Tony Award-winner Karen Olivo to drag out of returning to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” as soon as it reopens. There are additionally plans for a protest March on Broadway on Wednesday, with stops at each Rudin’s workplace in addition to the Winter Backyard Theatre, the place Rudin is producing the Broadway revival of “The Music Man.” There’s additionally a marketing campaign to influence Actors’ Fairness Affiliation so as to add Rudin to a Do Not Work listing.

Along with “The Music Man,” Rudin’s present slate of Broadway reveals consists of “The Ebook of Mormon,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and a revival of “West Aspect Story.” It was unclear if Rudin would additionally step again from producing movies, which incorporates the upcoming “The People” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”

In his assertion, Rudin talked about the upcoming reopening of Broadway after the pandemic shuttered theaters for greater than a 12 months. He stated he didn’t need to “interrupt” the work forward.

“My passionate hope and expectation is that Broadway will reopen efficiently very quickly, and that the various proficient artists related to it would as soon as once more start to thrive and share their artistry with the world. I don’t want any controversy related to me to interrupt Broadway’s nicely deserved return, or particularly, the return of the 1,500 folks engaged on these reveals.”

However Actors’ Fairness Affiliation, which represents greater than 51,000 skilled actors and stage managers in dwell theater, wasn’t glad by Rudin simply stepping again.

“We hope that Scott Rudin may also launch his workers from any nondisclosure agreements they could have signed as a situation of employment,” the group stated. “This is a vital step in creating actually secure and harassment-free theatrical workplaces on Broadway and past.”

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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