One of the world’s most famous directors has an apparent history of abusing women. But Hollywood seems to want to sweep it under the carpet.
Director David O. Russell, 56, has a name synonymous with excellent American films. He has been called a creative genius by film critics, someone most actors would kill to work with.
He’s a five-time Oscar-nominated director whose praises are sung by some of the film industry’s most powerful people. His films are critically-acclaimed and often draw the biggest-named actors as a cast. American Hustle, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook are all Russell’s work.
But he allegedly has a long, dark history of abuse that everyone seems to have conveniently forgotten about.
As part of the recent Sony email hacks, messages between journalist Jonathan Alter to Sony Entertainment CEO and chair Michael Lynton were leaked which show the pair discussing Russell’s behaviour on the set of American Hustle.
In those emails, it’s alleged Russell was so violent towards actress Amy Adams that co-star Christian Bale was forced to intervene.
“Are you guys doing anything else with him?” Atler wrote to Lynton, who is his brother-in-law, in an email late last year.
“I know he’s brilliant but we have someone on our show who worked closely with him on American Hustle and not only are the stories about him reforming himself total bullshit but the new stories of his abuse and lunatic behaviour are extreme even by Hollywood standards.
“He grabbed one guy by the collar, cursed out people repeatedly in front of others and so abused Amy Adams that Christian Bale got in his face and told him to stop acting like an asshole.”
The allegations, while not confirmed, are shocking enough on their own. But when you take into account his history of violent and inappropriate behaviour, the abuse is cast in a much more serious light.