In recent years, the more sinister and darker side of glamorous Hollywood is coming to the fore frequently. Although the most notorious case is that of producer Harvey Weinstein, there are numerous cases of “imbalance of power” that have been documented recently. One of the most talked about in recent months is that of Joss Whedon on the set of Justice League, where actors like Ray Fisher they have accused the manager of unacceptable behavior in the work environment.
Now, a report from The Hollywood Reporter sheds light on one of the most traditionally notorious alleged abusive behaviors in Hollywood, that of the producer Scott rudin, who has been singled out by various former employees.
Rudin counts among his productions award-winning films such as The social network or No country for old men, in addition to numerous Broadway plays that have earned him numerous Tony Awards throughout his career.
According to The Hollywood Reporter article, Rudin’s behavior is often brutal and violent. Among the memories of those who have testified for the publication is the throwing of a crystal bowl at a member of the team or hitting an assistant on the hand with a monitor. Caroline rugo, former coordinator of Rudin Productions, has also shared some of the experiences, and recalled how some assistants lost their hair or began to develop ulcers due to the stressful work environment that Scott Rudin allegedly subjected them to.
Hollywood is certainly one of those work environments where there is so much power imbalance between jobs that coexist on the set that these types of behaviors are, unfortunately, more common than we would like. Naturally that does not imply that they are well and should not be penalized if they end up being proven. What do you think?