One of CAA’s top agents has landed in hot water after a social media post calling Israel’s response to the Hamas terror attacks “genocide”.
Maha Dakhil, who represents stars including Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Wilde and directors such as Steve McQueen, reposted an Instagram story earlier this week, which was widely shared across the industry.
She reposted the story that said “You’re currently learning who supports genocide”.
Deadline contacted CAA yesterday to ask if there was a response to the post, but was told there was not.
We heard from numerous film and TV execs over the last 24 hours, who were offended and appalled by her post.
Dakhil, who is Co-Head of Motion Pictures at CAA and a board member, subsequently apologized in a statement and in a separate social media post.
“I made a mistake with a repost in my Instagram story, which used hurtful language. Like so many of us, I have been reeling with heartbreak. I pride myself on being on the side of humanity and peace. I’m so grateful to Jewish friends and colleagues who pointed out the implications and further educated me. I immediately took the repost down. I’m sorry for the pain I have caused,” she said in a statement.
“Choice of words is important. Dialogue is healing. As each excruciating day passes, I’m listening and learning more from my friends. Thank you. I’m holding all our families in my prayers…I am grieving for everyone who is suffering right now. I continue to mourn all innocent lives. My mission is peace,” she wrote on her secretagentm Instagram profile.