Scott Rudin is under fire.
The award-winning The Social Network producer is the subject of an expose on THR on Wednesday (April 7), in which former staffers are speaking out with allegations of physical and mental abuse while working with the Hollywood exec.
The ex-staffers opened up about occasions in which he allegedly threw tantrums, and engaged in behavior seen as abusive.
One ex-staffer alleged he once threw a fit after an assistant failed to book him on a sold-out flight, leading to him smashing an Apple computer monitor on the assistant’s hand, resulting in a bleeding wound that required medical attention. Former assistant Andrew Coles went on record saying several staff members witnessed the incident.
Another staffer, Caroline Rugo, said the producer would allegedly throw things around the office.
“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. 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,” she said.
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Reports included allegations of the producer throwing things like laptops, teacups and even a potato.
Caroline Rugo joined as an executive coordinator in the Fall of 2018. Due to Type 1 diabetes, she needed to gave 30 minutes a day for exercise, which was instructed via doctor’s note. The producer allegedly demanded that she skip her gym visits or work faster.
“I got fired for having Type 1 diabetes, which is a federally protected disability. I one hundred percent could have sued him. But I didn’t because of the fear of being blacklisted. But I’ve worked at Netflix for a year and a half now. And it was such a shock to the system because it’s one of the most respectful and progressive workplaces in terms of employee relations. Now that I have established myself here and I am a part of a team where my opinions are respected and welcomed, I have no issue speaking out about Scott. Everyone just knows he’s an absolute monster,” Caroline Rugo said.
For more details about the allegations, head to THR.com.