An Apple computer monitor, a glass bowl and a baked potato are among the objects with which Hollywood producer Scott Rudin is accused of assaulting employees in a devastating new Hollywood Reporter exposé. Headlined “Bully”, Tatiana Siegel’s story is potentially the biggest bombshell to rock cinema since the unmasking of Harvey Weinstein as a violent sexual predator snowballed into the #MeToo moment in 2017. Rudin, whose roll call of smashes includes David Fincher’s The Social Network and Aaron Sorkin’s multiple-Tony bagging adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, does not stand accused of sexual misconduct. Rather he is said to have subjected underlings at his production company near Time Square in New York to sustained physical and emotional abuse. One former associate described him as “a monster”. One of the most shocking incidents detailed in the story involved Rudin, 62, smashing an Apple computer monitor on an assistant’s hand. The stunned young man was rushed to A&E while Rudin got on the phone to a lawyer. “We were all shocked because we didn't know that that sort of thing could happen in that office,” Andrew Coles, a former assistant to Rudin told the Hollywood Reporter. “We knew a lot could happen. There were the guys that were sleeping in the office, the guys whose hair was falling out and were developing ulcers. It was a very intense environment, but that just felt different. It was a new level of unhinged – a level of lack of control that I had never seen before in a workplace.” This was just one of many instances of out-of-control behaviour alleged against Rudin (who made no comment on the story). When an assistant approached him with the news that representatives of indie distribution company A24 had were in the lobby for an unscheduled meeting, Rudin is said to have flung a baked potato at the employee (and to have then demanded someone fetch him a fresh one).