A Hollywood talent manager has issued a public apology for sexist emails he sent to a former employee which have gone viral after she posted them to Facebook.
Rosette Laursen was working as an assistant at Michael Enfield Management when, in response to a request for a day off, she accidentally received a set of emails that were meant for her male co-workers, one of which read: “Are you f*cking kidding me. At the end of pilot season. Someone should sew her vagina shut. I’m never hiring a girl ever again.”
The email exchange didn't end there with another reading: “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. Uppity Selfish c*nt. Heather went to work. I’m sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired.”
You can read Einfield's apology in full below:
“Let me say without reservation - I am sorry. I used language that was tasteless, humourless 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. As I’ve searched for a response to all this, what I’ve discovered is that words fall woefully short of my extreme remorse - I am so sorry.
“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. If it were possible, I wouldn’t mind space from myself right now.
"Again, to everyone - I am sorry. If this is something you are willing to hear from me in person please call, or send me a note and I’ll call you. I am devastated, and hope in time you will consider giving me the chance to earn your forgiveness. “
Einfield had earlier apologised to Laursen by sending her a text message.
It read: “I apologise for venting like a misogynistic faggot. I was letting off steam I didn’t mean to hit reply all. I’m an a-hole. If you come 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. I am truly sorry.”
In the viral post, Laursen - who publicly posted the emails when Einfield failed to respond to her lawyers after seeking legal action - wrote: “Many Hollywood assistants are underpaid and overworked, yet we are more than willing to do everything it takes to pay our dues to reach our goals and dreams. But in return there needs to be a basic level of respect from our bosses. Nothing fancy, just human decency.
I don’t want people like [Einfield] to get away with whatever behaviour they want because they know no one is going to do anything about it.”