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Hollywood big shot rants in leaked email, "I'm never hiring a girl ever again"

A scathing email reveals what it's like to be a woman behind-the-scenes in the entertainment industry


Alessandra Maldonado
August 10, 2017 8:52PM (UTC)

In March, women across the country — and arguably the world — took part in "A Day Without a Woman," where they would not attend work and would refrain from purchasing goods to exhibit their valuable place within society. Rosette Laursen, a talent agency assistant at the time, wanted to participate, but her boss refused to allow her to honor the day.

That boss, Michael Einfeld — the man behind the Los Angeles-based talent agency Michael Einfeld Management — reportedly reps Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning clients. According to his site, he's worked with Hollywood stars including Hillary Swank, Brendan Fraser and Phyllis Diller among others.

When asked about taking the day off, Einfeld, whom Laursen refers to as "Jorkle," did not only say no. Hoping to share his anger with his male employees, he accidentally sent an email about her request to his whole team, including Laursen. Laursen posted the email to her Facebook page on Tuesday.

"Are you fucking kidding me," his message started. "At the end of pilot season. Someone should [sew] her vagina shut. I’m never hiring. A girl ever again."

Einfeld's message continued: "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**t. Heather went to work. I’m sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired."

Upon realizing Laursen received the email — in addition to the majority of her coworkers — Einfeld allegedly issued an apology through text message.

"I apologize for venting like a masagonistic faggit," a screenshot reads. "I was letting off steam I didn’t mean to hit reply all. I’m an asshole. 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 truly am sorry."

"I wasn’t a big fan of any of this, and responded, 'I quit,'" Laursen said on her Facebook page.

"One of my male coworkers, obviously realizing he would be experiencing 'a day without a woman' for the indefinite future and would have to do more work, encouraged me to come back into the office saying, 'It was just a joke,'" she continued.

Laursen was encouraged to take legal action against Einfeld but decided to drop the case after he refused to answer messages from her lawyer. Instead, she opted for making the emails public and exposing Einfeld for the man he truly is.

"I don’t think Michael should be allowed to continue his inappropriate behavior with zero repercussions," she told Jezebel. "If he has gotten away with it for this long, then there are probably countless similar situations in the entertainment industry that go unmentioned. This is something that needs to change."

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Alessandra Maldonado

Alessandra Maldonado is an editorial intern at Salon. You can find her on Twitter at @alessamberr

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