Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin has been accused of abusive and inappropriate behavior by several of his former employees.
In a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, several of Rudin's former employees have accused the 62-year-old producer and EGOT winner of numerous incidents of violence while working for both him and his production company Scott Rudin Productions.
Rudin declined to comment on the allegations to the media, and his spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. As far as is known, no charges have been brought against him.
According to the report, Rudin allegedly smashed an Apple computer monitor on his assistant's arm in October 2012 after an employee was unable to provide Rudin with a seat on a sold-out flight. The assistant developed bleeding and was treated in the emergency room, a former employee said.
“We were all shocked because we didn't know this could happen in this office,” said Andrew Coles, then assistant and now manager and producer, about the incident. “We knew that a lot could happen. There were guys who slept in the office, guys who had hair loss and ulcers. It was a very tense environment, but it just felt different. It was a new level of lack of control that I had never seen in the workplace before.”
Caroline Rugo, who joined Scott Rudin Productions as Executive Coordinator in the fall of 2018, also detailed the alleged incidents of abuse by Rudin in the New York office.
“He threw his laptop out of the conference room window and then went into the kitchen and we heard him banging on the napkin dispenser,” Rugo said. “Then another time he threw a glass bowl at a colleague. It is difficult to say whether he threw it in a general direction or specifically aimed at a colleague, but the glass bowl hit the wall and fragments flew everywhere. A human resources officer was taken away in an ambulance due to a panic attack. It was Wednesday."
Ryan Nelson, who served as Rudin's executive assistant from 2018 to 2019, told THR that he had reportedly witnessed and experienced abuse at Rudin's side. He claimed that Rudin once threw a stapler at a theater assistant and called him a "moron."
“Every day was exhausting and terrifying,” said Nelson, who said he has since completely retired from the industry. “Not even how he insulted me, but watching how he insulted people around me who were very close friends of mine. You spend 14 hours a day with the same people, enduring the same abuse. It became a collective bond with these people."
Rudin's films include No Country for Old Men, which won an Oscar for Best Picture in 2008, and Lady Bird., « Fences”,“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”,“School of Rock”,“Clueless”,“The Social Network”and“Zoulander”. He has also produced Broadway shows including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Book of Mormon, Hello Dolly! … He has received 17 Tony Awards.
His latest project, the psychological thriller Woman in the Window, will air on Netflix on May 14. The film stars such stars as Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore.