Amy Pascal Speaks Out About Living Through the Sony Hack
"I forgave people, as I hope people forgave me," the former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief said.
Amy Pascal, the former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief at the helm of the studio during the devastating 2014 hack, is now speaking out about being more mindful on email.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Pascal opened up about the one of the worst cyberattacks in corporate history, which left her and other executives completely exposed and roiled the industry.
"People were scared, and I understood that — I understand fear,” she told the Times. “I forgave people, as I hope people forgave me.” She added, “A lot of people did stand by me, including people who didn’t have to.”
In some of her emails, Pascal — who is married to Bernard Weinraub, a former New York Times reporter — was critical of actors and made distasteful jokes about President Barack Obama.
She told the Times she did not view any of the emails that were exposed to the public. “I have never gone through it,” Pascal said. “But I assume that I’m the only one who hasn’t.”
Still, the incident did not turn her off to that form of communication, she said.
“Oh, I went right back to emailing all the time,” Pascal said. “I try not to say stupid things anymore. But what was I going to do? Write letters? Only talk on the phone, which I hate?”
Now running her own production company, Pascal Pictures, Pascal said she did love her Sony job. She's also a producer on Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
“I never wanted to let it go," Pascal said. "I loved it so much, to be honest, that I didn’t allow myself to believe that the movie business had moved on. But it had moved.”