Embattled EGOT winner Scott Rudin resigns from Broadway League amidst tsunami of bullying, harassment charges

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Larry McShane, New York Daily News
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NEW YORK — Mega-producer Scott Rudin, reeling from charges of bullying and harassing his underlings while charging to the top of Hollywood and the Great White Way, has resigned from the Broadway League, officials confirmed Saturday.

Rudin, 62, producer of current Broadway hits “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “The Book of Mormon,” said in a written response to questions from The New York Times that he was voluntarily leaving the trade association of theater owners and producers. He earned 17 Tony Awards across a career now swamped by a tsunami of allegations about his monstrous behind-the-scenes behavior.

A Broadway League spokesperson, in a brief statement, said Rudin had submitted his resignation.

“I know apologizing is not, by any means, enough,’' Rudin wrote in an exchange made public Saturday in the Times. “In stepping back, I intend to work on my issues and do so fully aware that many will feel that this is too little and too late.”

The resignation was the latest blow to the powerful producer since an expose this month in The Hollywood Reporter detailed a long history of bad behavior. The damning story was headlined “Everybody Just Knows He’s An Absolute Monster.”

The 1994 film “Swimming with Sharks,” about an abusive studio boss taken captive by his tortured assistant, was reportedly based on Rudin.

Rudin, in addition to his Tonys, earned an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar to become an “EGOT” winner across a career where he became legendary for his alleged fits of fury and unhinged tantrums.

Last week, Rudin announced he was stepping down from any role in his current Broadway productions to avoid potential issues when theaters finally reopen after a 13-month pandemic shutdown.

On Thursday, scores of Broadway and theater actors, staff and workers held a protest march demanding Rudin’s resignation and more industry diversity.

He was initially expected to play a major role in the unshuttering of Manhattan’s theaters as an adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo once the Broadway lights went back on. In the last 15 years, he served as lead producer on 36 Broadway shows.

But his success came with a cost for his employees, with The Hollywood Reporter once describing him in a 2010 profile as “The Most Feared Man in Town.”

Rudin, in his exchange with the Times, mixed his mea culpa with a bit self-defense as tales of his toxic behavior continued to surface — from smashing a computer monitor on an assistant’s hand to tossing a glass bowl at a colleague to abandoning a producer on the side of a road and driving off.

“While I believe some of the stories that have been made public recently are not accurate, I am aware of how inappropriate certain of my behaviors have been and the effects of those behaviors on other people,” he said. “I am not proud of these actions.”