The day after detailing some of the heinous bullying of Joss Whedon on the set of Justice League, The Hollywood Reporter has released another exposé on a longtime Hollywood bully. This time, it’s Scott Rudin, the powerful film and theater executive behind dozens and dozens of hit movies and Broadway plays (if a notable book was adapted to the stage or screen, Scott Rudin probably had a hand in it).
Rudin, however, is also a huge, abusive, bullying asshole, and among the allegations detailed in the THR article are incidents in which Rudin threw a hot potato at an assistant who didn’t know why an A24 executive was there to see him (“Find out and get me another potato!”), smashed a computer monitor on an assistant’s hand (she had to go to the emergency room), and pulled “a chair out from under an assistant’s seat to fire him so he could fall down.”
For some four decades, Rudin’s abusive behavior has been chronicled — even celebrated — by the press. In a 2010 profile, this publication dubbed him “The Most Feared Man in Town” and called him “dazzlingly charming” one paragraph after describing acts of cruelty and intimidation. In a 2005 Wall Street Journal profile with the headline “Boss-zilla!,” Rudin himself pegged the number of assistants he burned through in the previous five years at 119 …
“He threw a laptop at the window in the conference room and then went into the kitchen and we could hear him beating on the napkin dispenser,” says Rugo. “Then another time he threw a glass bowl at [a colleague]. It’s hard to say if he threw it in the general direction or specifically at [the colleague], but the glass bowl hit the wall and smashed everywhere. The HR person left in an ambulance due to a panic attack. That was the environment.”
The piece is littered with smashed teacups, napkin dispensers, and computer equipment, as well as the ambitions of dozens of people who have worked for him over the years. Rudin did not comment, although the article’s author suggested that the Times researched a similar piece last year.