Leaders of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association and American Federation of Musicians Local 802 are condemning harassment, bullying and poisonous environments and pledging “to hold accountable those who violate human and legal norms of fair, respectful and dignified conduct in the workplace.”
Though the joint assertion doesn’t title Hollywood and Broadway producer Scott Rudin as its goal, the timing made it clear: “…every corporate Board of Directors should be deeply alarmed by credible reports of long-standing, repeated violent and aggressive harassing behavior by individuals who hold high positions within a company or on a production and exercise management power over subordinates. Workers who come forward to blow the whistle in these situations are incredibly brave and we applaud their courage.”
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The assertion comes after final week’s Hollywood Reporter story detailing allegations by 4 former workers of Rudin in regards to the producer’s unstable and generally violent conduct. The workers described a poisonous office setting during which the famously temperamental producer repeatedly berated, verbally and in at the very least one case bodily abused and fired assistants. The article included accounts of Rudin throwing objects like a potato, a tea cup, a stapler and a lap prime throughout his mood tantrums and, in a single case, allegedly smashed a pc monitor onto an assistant’s hand, necessitating a visit to the emergency room.
“All harassment is not only detrimental to the health and welfare of workers, but also a serious threat to the proper functioning of a company,” stated right this moment’s joint assertion from SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, Actors’ Equity Association President Kate Shindle and American Federation of Musicians Local 802 President and Executive Director Adam Krauthamer.
A supply near the unions confirmed to Deadline that the assertion was prompted by the Rudin controversy.
Read all the assertion beneath.
The unions additionally “demand action on the part of our corporate counterparts to swiftly address credible allegations of harassment.”
“No worker should be subjected to bullying or harassment, whether or not they are a union member,” the assertion says. “Over the past several years, our nation has finally begun to reckon seriously with harassment of all forms in the entertainment industry and beyond. As organizations representing more than 200,000 members in the arts, entertainment and media, we unreservedly condemn workplace harassment in all its forms. We pledge to work together, and with other allies, to hold accountable those who violate human and legal norms of fair, respectful and dignified conduct in the workplace.”
Rudin has not commented on the accusations. Deadline has reached out to Rudin’s workplace for a response to the unions’ assertion.
Rudin’s many Broadway productions most not too long ago embrace the huge hit To Kill a Mockingbird, Ivo van Hove’s energetic reimagining of West Side Story and the upcoming The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. In all, Rudin productions through the years have earned 17 Tony Awards, together with Passion, Doubt, Gypsy, The Book of Mormon, Hello Dolly and The Boys within the Band, amongst others, and 47 nominations.
Sources near the scenario inform Deadline that Rudin has not been the topic of official complaints filed with the unions.
Today’s assertion from the unions is the highest-level response within the wake of the Reporter story, although particular person voices inside the Broadway and Hollywood communities have spoken out. Last week, Annapurna CEO Megan Ellison, who labored with Rudin as an govt producer on the 2010 Coen Brothers remake True Grit tweeted that the Reporter piece “barely scratches the surface of Scott Rudin’s abusive, racist, and sexist behavior.”
Jonathan Demar, a producer of Broadway’s Tony-winning musical Hadestown, posted an Instagram video titled “A Call For Broadway To Be Better,” particularly naming Rudin. In a Twitter thread, Demar wrote, “While Scott Rudin’s behavior is his own, there has been a culture that has allowed/celebrated it. All of us producers, especially white cis males, have our work cut out. This will take time to digest, but we have serious work to do in restructuring how business is done.”
Rudin is also a producer of the present NY PopsUp competition of small, impromptu stay performances all through the town, together with at Broadway venues in any other case closed because the Covid shutdown on March 12, 2020.
At the newest Broadway PopsUp occasion on Saturday, actor Amber Iman (Shuffle Along, Hamilton), onstage on the Broadway Theatre, inspired the viewers of invited Broadway forged members to talk out in opposition to abusive conduct. According to the web site Broadway News, Iman stated, “I think we as a collective know what we’re up against. We’ve read the emails. We went to the town halls. We’ve seen the articles and the cover stories.” She added, “That was the past. We’re never going back to it.”
The unions’ assertion in full reads:
Every employee deserves to do their job in an setting freed from harassment of any variety, whether or not that harassment creates a poisonous office or, definitely within the case of sexual harassment, when that conduct can be in opposition to the legislation.
All harassment is just not solely detrimental to the well being and welfare of staff, but additionally a severe risk to the right functioning of an organization. Thus, each company Board of Directors must be deeply alarmed by credible studies of long-standing, repeated violent and aggressive harassing conduct by people who maintain excessive positions inside an organization or on a manufacturing and train administration energy over subordinates. Workers who come ahead to blow the whistle in these conditions are extremely courageous and we applaud their braveness.
No employee must be subjected to bullying or harassment, whether or not or not they’re a union member. Over the previous a number of years, our nation has lastly begun to reckon severely with harassment of all kinds within the leisure business and past. As organizations representing greater than 200,000 members within the arts, leisure and media, we unreservedly condemn office harassment in all its kinds. We pledge to work collectively, and with different allies, to carry accountable those that violate human and authorized norms of honest, respectful and dignified conduct within the office.
We demand motion on the a part of our company counterparts to swiftly tackle credible allegations of harassment.