Moulin Rouge! actor Karen Olivo says she's not returning to the Broadway production as a form of protest against Scott Rudin, the prolific theater and film producer who former employees accused of bullying in a recent Hollywood Reporter story.
Olivo, who played Satine in the Broadway production that began in 2019, announced her departure from the role in an Instagram video on Monday. "Social justice is more important than being a sparkling diamond. Building a better industry for my students is more important than me putting money in my pockets," the Tony-winning performer (West Side Story, 2009) said in the video. "The silence about Scott Rudin? Unacceptable. Unacceptable. That's the easy one, y'all. That's a monster. That should be a no-brainer. Those of you who say you're scared, what are you afraid of?"