NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) In the midst of increasing anger over allegations of bullying, Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott Rudin broke his silence on Saturday, saying he was “extremely sorry” and would step back from his theater work.
“After some time thinking, I have decided to withdraw from our active participation in Broadway productions, with immediate effect. My roles will be performed by others from the Broadway community and in some cases, from the list of participants available on those shows, ”Rudin said in a statement.
The move comes more than a week after the cover story of The Hollywood Reporter about Rudin about the production of heavy glass bowls, staples and baked potatoes into former employees. In his statement Saturday, he did not deny the allegations.
“Many people have written about my troubled communication with colleagues, and I am extremely sorry for the pain my behavior has inflicted on individuals, directly and indirectly. I’m currently taking steps I should have taken years ago to address this behavior, ”he said.
The disclosure in The Hollywood Reporter also caused performance unions SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity and American Federation of Musicians Local 802 together to condemn illegal harassment and harassment that creates a toxic work environment. for entertainment staff.
These revelations also caused award-winning Tony Karen Olivo to retreat from returning to “Moulin Rouge! The Musical ”when it reopened. There are also plans for a March rally on Broadway on Wednesday, with stops at both Rudin’s office as well as the Winter Garden Theater, where Rudin is producing the Broadway revival of “The Music Man “. There’s also a campaign to convince the Actors’ Fairness Association to add Rudin to the Do Not Work list.
In addition to “The Music Man,” Rudin’s current list of Broadway shows includes “The Book of Mormon”, “Killing a Mockingbird,” and the revival of “West Tale.” It’s not clear if Rudin will pull back on production, including the upcoming “The Humans” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth”.
In his statement, Rudin mentioned it reopens on Broadway after the pandemic closed theaters for more than a year. He said he didn’t want to “interrupt” the work ahead.
“My warm hope and expectation is that Broadway will soon reopen, and many talented artists associated with it will once again begin to develop and share their art with the world. . I don’t want any controversy regarding me interrupting Broadway’s well-deserved comeback, or specifically the return of 1,500 people working on these shows.
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