Amazon abuses its employees

The standards in Hollywood are changing. Louis B. Mayer, for example, the founder of MGM and the Oscar Academy, was famous for his tantrums and if he behaved as he did then, he would probably have had several rape allegations on his neck. When he had to leave his own studio in 1951, it didn't matter. Nowadays abuse of power is far more serious.

Scott Rudin is not a world famous. But the films he has produced - such as "The Social Network" and "No Country For Old Men" - have received a total of 151 Academy Award nominations. As the man behind many Broadway productions, such as "To Kill a Mockingbird", he is also legendary. Two weeks ago the Hollywood Reporter now a cover story about his misconduct.

In 2012, Rudin threw a laptop at an employee who couldn't get him a seat on a fully booked flight, injuring his hand in the process; and because of an uninvited guest at the door, he threw a baked potato at another assistant, didn't meet him and then asked for a new one; he has tried to prevent the transfer of an assistant to Harvey Weinstein, who is now in prison for rape. As a result, the brother of an assistant who had worked for Rudin in 2009 and died last year blamed Rudin for his depression.

Rudin now wants to take a voluntary break, although some almost finished projects are still on the way - "The Tragedy of Macbeth" with Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington, for example, is already in post-production. Hugh Jackman, who prepares the Broadway musical "Music Man", has distanced himself from Rudin. So far, only a few Hollywood greats have reacted to the allegations against Rudin, although many have worked with him. The Harvey Weinstein case, against whom charges have now also been brought in Los Angeles after his conviction in New York, arguably weighs heavier.