Aaron Sorkin has responded to allegations of harassment and workplace misconduct against the producer Scott rudin, saying that his former collaborator “got what he deserves” before explaining why he remained silent personally after the aftermath.
In an interview with Vanity fair Posted Thursday, Sorkin told the magazine: “I think Scott got what he deserves,” but says that because “he’s lying on the carpet right now,” Sorkin isn’t sure “how he’s useful to me. stand on your torso and kind of jump up and down. “
This is in part why the writer, director and producer and former collaborator of Rudin says he has not spoken out on the allegations and reports, even when he has been named in stories highlighting his silence. Those stories, Sorkin said, imply that his lack of response somehow supports and belittles what Rudin did, or suggests that he and other collaborators are trying to leave the door open to “work with him when and if he returns.”
He denies it and shares that although he does not have social networks, he has had opportunities to respond, including a question from The New York Times. But the decision was, for him, about who would benefit from him speaking.
“The reason I didn’t do it was, again, that he’s lying on the mat, and I couldn’t think of anyone who would benefit from him saying anything other than me. That I can stand there and say, ‘Hey, I’m with the good guys.’ And it just didn’t feel good to do that. “
Sorkin shared that it had consequences for Rudin that he did not follow in the wake of the Hollywood reporter history Released April 7 he would have spoken. “I think that if the Hollywood reporter The story had come out and nothing had happened as a result, that everyone just shrugged and said, ‘Oh well that’s Scott, that’s show business.’ I would have felt compelled to say something, to say, ‘Why are we? Are you still working with him? We shouldn’t do this. ‘ But that’s not what happened. The consequences came quickly and, in a way, he received the maximum penalty you can receive for this. “
Sorkin also responded to those who characterized the knowledge of Rudin’s abuse as “something that everyone knew”, and told the magazine that this is “ridiculous.” He said that not only did not everyone know, but that he “does not know anyone who did.” He then referred to his personal experience with the producer, calling it “a higher class of bullying.”
“The stories I had heard over the last 12 years were the kinds of things that could have been scenes from The Devil Wears Prada, there was no violence, “he said. “There is nothing physical in the stories that I heard. If I had known, there is no chance that I would have tolerated it, no chance that Bart Sher [director of Sorkin’s Rudin-produced Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird] would have tolerated Jeff Daniels [who plays Atticus Finch] I would have tolerated it. So, we didn’t know. And once we did, we did something about it. “
Reading the accusations in THRThe story, Sorkin said, having worked “a lot” with Rudin in the last 12 years, was painful, “particularly since it is quite likely that some of those assistants who were being abused were working on something that I wrote while they were being abused. abused “.
“So I took it personally. Whether it’s on a film set, a rehearsal room for a play, backstage for a play, or a TV series, morale is important to me. And I take great pride in creating a place where people are really happy to come to work, where they feel a sense of ownership, a sense of ownership, a sense of family. And we have that in Mockingbird. We have always had that in Mockingbird. So this was a huge shock, ”he said.
THR’s The April story featured detailed accounts of several former Rudin assistants and employees, who brought countless allegations of misconduct and abuse, including having items like teacups and potatoes thrown at them, while working for the producer. More details also emerged in a June 23 story follow-up, reporting that actress Frances McDormand and director Joel Coen had witnessed Rudin berating one of his assistants before she resigned. The duo then responded to those accusations, denying that they had seen bad behavior, with Coen counting Deadline that, from his point of view, “whoever says he did see it is not being honest. So that makes me skeptical of anything else that particular person might be saying. “
Following the reports, Rudin took a step back from multiple film and theater projects, including his role with The Broadway League, stage productions such as The music man and Windmill! Redas well as the upcoming A24 film directed by Jennifer Lawrence Red, White and Water and Coen’s Macbeth’s tragedy, starring Denzel Washington and McDormand.