A Hollywood talent manager was forced to apologize after his former assistant published an email in which he made derisive comments about women.
In a Facebook post Monday, Rosette Laursen wrote that after asking for International Women’s Day off in March, she received a surprising reply from her boss Michael Einfeld.
“Are you fucking kidding me. At the end of pilot season. Someone should sew her vagina shut. I’m never hiring a girl ever again,” the email said.
“No bonus for anyone that strikes or leaves early in pilot season. No one is striking in show business we are all against Trump. And women are considered diverse and being shoved in as writer and directors. Zach who is a Jewish male is being pushed out,” Einfeld wrote.
“Uppity Selfish C**t. Heather went to work. I’m sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired.”
Laursen said that Einfeld had intended to send the email to a pair of male colleagues, but accidentally sent it to the entire staff.
Realizing his mistake, Einfeld sent Laursen a series of text messages, in which he wrote “I apologize for venting like a masagonistic faggit [sic].”
“I was letting off steam I didn’t mean to hit reply all. I’m an asshole. If you came back we can play nazi death camp. You can beat me and put me in the oven. Or feed me cabbage and lock me in the shower,” Einfeld said in the text messages.
After receiving the text messages, Laursen said that she replied to Einfeld “I quit.” She said that while she believed Einfeld has some redeeming qualities, she was no longer willing to put up with his outbursts and vulgar language.
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Following the uproar in response to Laursen’s post, Einfeld issued an apology on Facebook that was later deleted.
“First let me say without reservation – I am sorry. I used language that was tasteless, humorless and completely inexcusable. I believe deeply in workplace diversity regardless of race, gender, creed or sexual orientation, and I am mortified that the things I have said have worked against my commitment to inclusion,” he said.
“I will be undertaking some obviously needed introspection, and want to thank those of you who have expressed a willingness to standby me. To those that feel they need space from me – I am heartbroken but understand,” he added.
Amid the fallout over the published emails, at least one of Einfeld’s clients has reportedly decided to no longer work with the talent manager.