Scott Rudin says he will 'step back' from Broadway amid abuse allegations!
“I am profoundly sorry for the pain my behavior caused to individuals..."
Scott Rudin, a massive Broadway producer, has been accused of abusing members of his staff both violently and emotionally. Amid allegations of this abuse and immense pressure for the Broadway community, he announced in a statement released over the weekend that he will 'step back' from Broadway.
"After a period of reflection, I’ve made the decision to step back from active participation on our Broadway productions, effective immediately..." (Rudin for the Washington Post)
Rudin's announcement came via a statement to the Washington Post. In his statement, he said:
"My roles will be filled by others from the Broadway community and in a number of cases, from the roster of participants already in place on those shows...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...”
While the statement marks a big change in Rudin's involvement in the Broadway community, to some - it isn't enough just to say "I'm sorry". Karen Olivo, Eden Espinosa and more members of the community have spoken up recently against issues with transparency within the Actor's Equity Association. A "March on Broadway" has been planned for April 21st to show how serious the community is about demanding change.
To see read Scott Rudin's full statement, click the link here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/scott-rudin-will-step-back-after-allegations-of-bullying/2021/04/17/a3469728-9f92-11eb-b2f5-7d2f0182750d_story.html.