*The Sony Pictures hack is proving to be a continuing source of embarrassment and aggravation for the company.
Reportedly, Pascal asked Rudin what she should ask Obama at November 2013 fundraising breakfast hosted by DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“Would he like to finance some movies,” Rudin wrote. Pascal wrote b, “I doubt it. Should I ask him if he liked DJANGO?” Rudin responded with “12 YEARS,” to which Pascal responded by naming other films starring African-Americans: “Or the butler. Or think like a man? [sic].”
As we reported, other emails from Rudin were published between Pascal and Rudin on Tuesday by Gawker. The exchange detailed the backstage fight over the studio’s Steve Jobs biopic. Rudin allegedly called Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat.” On Wednesday, Rudin broke his silence about the situation.
“This is not about salacious emails being batted around by Gawker and Defamer,” Rudin told The New York Times. “It’s about a criminal act, and the people behind it should be treated as nothing more nor less than criminals.”
Pascal is a loyal Democratic donor and gave $5,000 to Obama’s reelection campaign. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to the Hollywood Reporter..
On November 24, Sony was hit with a cyberattack which led to the release of sensitive data about 47,000 current and former employees, as financial data and multiple films. The attack has sparked speculation that North Korea was behind the hack. The country’s regime has expressed its displeasure over the studio’s upcoming comedy “The Interview,” which centers on a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un. The FBI is investigating. The film will have its red carpet premiere tonight, however, reporters are not being allowed anywhere near it.