Talent manager Michael Einfeld has apologized to his team for using “language that was tasteless, humorless and completely inexcusable,” after an assistant exposed his sexist and offensive emails via Facebook.
The former assistant, Rosette Laursen, shared her experience of working at Michael Einfeld Management in a post on Monday, revealing emails in which Einfield refers to her as an “uppity selfish cunt” and suggests “someone should sew her vagina shut.”
Late Thursday night, Einfeld emailed the below apology to staff, clients and friends:
To all my friends, colleagues and clients, I know that many of you have seen the recent Facebook post from my former office assistant Rosette Laursen. I was first informed of the post on Monday, and would have responded sooner except that it has taken me a few days to comprehend my shock and embarrassment. 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. 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.
Laursen told Jezebel that Einfeld has not reached out to her directly. We’ve contacted Einfeld for further comment.