Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal of Sony Apologize for Racially Tinged Comments on Obama http://t.co/8IotpjE7O2— NYT Media (@nytmedia) December 11, 2014
Scott Rudin is "profoundly and deeply sorry" for trashing Angelina Jolie and Obama http://t.co/wbm8fqmTPV pic.twitter.com/cnPmlPbULy
— Page Six (@PageSix) December 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Scott Rudin, the high-powered producer at the center of the latest embarrassment stemming from the Sony hacking scandal, has apologized for remarks he made in leaked emails.
In the series of private emails obtained by Gawker and Buzzfeed this week, Rudin, corresponding with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, called “Unbroken” director Angelina Jolie a “spoiled brat” and made jokes about President Barack Obama’s race and presumed taste in movies.
In a statement to trade website Deadline Rudin said that the private emails were written in haste and the content was intended to be in jest. He acknowledged that the statements were insensitive and thoughtless and offered regret and apologies to those he had offended.
Representatives for Rudin and Sony did not immediately respond to the AP’s request for comment.
The statement (via Deadline):
‘“Private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity, even when the content of them is meant to be in jest, can result in offense where none was intended,” he told Deadline. “I made a series of remarks that were meant only to be funny, but in the cold light of day, they are in fact thoughtless and insensitive — and not funny at all. To anybody I’ve offended, I’m profoundly and deeply sorry, and I regret and apologize for any injury they might have caused.”