Award-winning producer Scott Rudin has been accused of physically assaulting his staff with computer screens and baked potatoes, while former employees describe him as an “ absolute monster ” who left them traumatized by his anger and outbursts in the workplace.
Several former Rudin executives who worked for him at his Scott Rudin Productions spoke out about his alleged abusive and bullying behavior in a series of interviews with The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday.
The allegations against the 62-year-old super-producer, dating back decades, range from physical and emotional abuse to bullying and assault.
Many of the former staffers were first-time workers who had just left college as assistants.
Rudin, whose latest production Woman In The Window starring Amy Adams will be released by Netflix next month, is unwilling to comment on the allegations made by his former staffers.
Several of producer Scott Rudin’s award-winning former executives who worked for him at his Scott Rudin Productions spoke about his alleged abusive and bullying behavior in a series of interviews with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday.
In an alleged incident in 2012, Rudin was accused of sending a bleeding male assistant to the hospital after smashing an Apple computer monitor on the employee’s hand because he couldn’t get a seat on a sold-out flight.
Staffers also watched him throw laptops at walls, a stapler at a theater assistant, and a glass bowl at another employee who hit after being knocked into a wall.
In 2018, he threw a baked potato at his then-assistant because he had not previously told him he had an appointment with someone from the New York-based media company A24.
‘I went into the kitchen and I was like,’ Hey, Scott, A24 is on its way upstairs. I’m not sure what it is about, ” said the unnamed employee.
‘And he turned and said,’ Nobody told me A24 was on my schedule. He threw it at me, and I dodged a large potato. He said, “Well, find out and get me a new potato.” ‘
Others described Rudin yelling at them from so close that his spit landed on their faces.
“ Feeling his spit on your face as he yells at you and says, ‘You’re worth nothing,’ clearly impresses, and we’re young, ” said one of his former assistants.
During his long career there have been hundreds and hundreds of people who have suffered. And some have given up on their dreams because he made them feel and believe that they cannot do whatever they try to do. ‘
Rudin is one of the most awarded in the industry and is one of the few to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards – otherwise known as EGOT status. He is pictured with Carole Shorenstein Hays, Viola Davis and Denzel Washington at the 2010 Tony Awards
His movie producing credits include: No Country for Old Men, Lady Bird, The Social Network, and The Truman Show. He is pictured above with The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg (left) and True Grit star Jeff Bridges (right)
A former employee, Caroline Rugo, who worked as an executive coordinator for six months, said she could have sued Rudin but feared she would be blacklisted in the industry.
“Everyone just knows he’s an absolute monster,” said Rugo.
Sources told THR that lawsuits or complaints against Rudin’s bullying by employees were often quietly resolved.
Some employees said he was also vindictive and would go as far as changing any credits on IMDb they got for him when they quit.
Rudin is one of the most awarded in the industry and is one of the few to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards – otherwise known as EGOT status.
Of the films he has produced, 23 have won Oscars and 151 have been nominated. Rudin has also won 17 Tony Awards for his work on Broadway.
His movie producing credits include: No Country for Old Men, Lady Bird, The Social Network, and The Truman Show.
While many in the industry have had a run-off in the wake of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, Rudin’s ex-employees say the super producer has managed to continue with his alleged abusive behavior.
Regardless of his staffers’ allegations, Rudin’s outbursts made headlines in 2014 when emails he’d written about stars, including Angelina Jolie, were leaked when Sony fell victim to hacking.
The most damning batch of emails leaked was one in which Rudin and Sony Pictures chairman Amy Pascal exchanged racist remarks about President Barack Obama.
They talked about what Pascal could talk to Obama about at an event in 2013 and started listing movies about slavery and naming black actors.
In a separate email, Rudin called Angelina Jolie “ a minimally talented spoiled brat ” while discussing who would direct her upcoming Cleopatra remake.
Rudin apologized to Sony’s hacking instance, saying the emails were “ written in a hurry. ”
“Private emails between friends and co-workers that are written hastily and without much thought or sensitivity, even if the content is meant for fun, can be offensive where it wasn’t meant to be,” Rudin said at the time.
‘I made a series of comments that were only intended to be funny, but in the cold daylight they are actually thoughtless and insensitive – and not at all funny. To everyone I have offended, I am deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any harm they have caused. ‘