“My passionate hope and expectation is that Broadway will reopen successfully very soon, and that the many talented artists associated with it will once again begin to thrive and share their artistry with the world,” he said in the statement. “I do not want any controversy associated with me to interrupt Broadway’s well deserved return, or specifically, the return of the 1,500 people working on these shows.”
Actors’ Equity, a labor union representing more than 51,000 stage actors and stage managers, issued a statement welcoming Rudin’s announcement.
“Since news reports emerged about Scott Rudin, we have had many private conversations with our sibling unions and the Broadway League,” said the statement from the union’s president, Kate Shindle, and executive director, Mary McColl. “We have heard from hundreds of members that these allegations are inexcusable, and everyone deserves a safe workplace whether they are a union member or not.”
The union, joined by SAG-AFTRA and American Federation of Musicians Local 802, had issued a statement on Monday saying that “No worker should be subjected to bullying or harassment” but not mentioning Rudin by name.
Rudin, 62, has for years been a dominant figure in the American entertainment industry. He is among the handful of people known as EGOTs by virtue of winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards, and he was able to combine a keen eye for casting with relationships in the film and theater industries to put together many starry projects in both industries.
Although for a time he worked as a studio executive in Hollywood, in recent years many of his highest profile projects have been onstage.
But he has been dogged for decades by reports that he threatened, verbally abused, and threw objects at people who work in his office. And in industries with a long history of tolerating poor behavior by people who produce good art, he has largely continued to thrive.