Aaron Sorkin departs CAA after agent made statements in support of Palestine amid conflict

Aaron Sorkin has departed CAA after an agent made a controversial statement about the Israel-Palestine conflict.



Aaron Sorkin is leaving CAA after agent made statements in support of Palestine
Aaron Sorkin is leaving CAA after agent made statements in support of Palestine

Aaron Sorkin has departed CAA after blasting a statement an agent made about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The 62-year-old writer announced he was leaving the talent agency as he dubbed their employee Maha Dakhil “just wrong” for reposting statements from a pro-Palestinian account in light of the October 7 attacks by Hamas which saw more than 1400 Jewish people slaughtered by the terrorist group.

He said: “Maha isn’t an antisemite, she’s just wrong. She’s a great agent and I’m very proud of the work we did together over the last six years. I’m excited to be returning to WME.”

Maha - who represents clients like Tom Cruise, 61, and Natalie Portman, 42, - left the company’s internal board after publishing criticism of Israel and said goodbye to her leadership roles as the co-head of the motion pictures department but will continue to collab with clients.

On a post on Instagram - which was originally shared by an account named ‘Free Palestine’ that read “You’re currently learning who supports genocide”, she added: “That’s the line for me.”

Maha - who was reacting to the Israeli government bombing and turning off the water in Gaza, where 2.2 million people live - continued on a second post on October 18: “What’s more heartbreaking than witnessing genocide? Witnessing the denial that genocide is happening.”

After backlash, she offered an apology for her “hurtful language”.

She told Variety: “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.”

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