Actors’ Equity Association is calling on Broadway and film producer Scott Rudin, who “stepped back” on Saturday from his Broadway productions after accusations of abusive workplace behavior, to release his staff from nondisclosure agreements.
“Since news reports emerged about Scott Rudin, we have had many private conversations with our sibling unions and the Broadway League. 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,” Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle and Executive Director Mary McColl said in a statement.
“We salute the courage of those who came forward. We hope that Scott Rudin will also release his staff from any nondisclosure agreements they may have signed as a condition of employment.”
It continued: “This is an important step in creating truly safe and harassment-free theatrical workplaces on Broadway and beyond. It is not the end of our work to ensure a workplace safe for everyone in the industry as we work toward reopening.”
TheWrap has reached out to Rudin for his response to the request.
In an April 7 article in The Hollywood Reporter, multiple former staffers accused the EGOT-winning producer of physical and mental abuse, including accusations that he broke a computer monitor on an assistant’s hand and threw objects like potatoes and glass bowls at staffers.
After mounting outcry over the accusations, particularly from the acting community, Rudin apologized for his past abusive behavior and said he would step back from an active role in his active Broadway productions, which include the long-running hit “The Book of Mormon” and Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Actors’ Equity Association is the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatrer. It has asked any Equity member who has experienced or witnessed bullying, harassment or intimidation in a production to use the union’s anonymous hotline by calling 833-550-0030 or by going to ActorsEquity.org/safety.