Life or Death PR disbands amid harassment allegations against owner

Agency principal Heathcliff Berru was accused of sexual harassment by a member of the Dirty Projectors earlier this week.

NEW YORK: The staffers of Life or Death PR are stepping down after a series of harassment allegations against the music-focused boutique’s CEO, Heathcliff Berru.

Berru resigned from the firm late Tuesday after Amber Coffman of client band the Dirty Projectors and other women accused him of sexual harassment on Twitter.

The firm’s president, Nick Dierl announced the firm’s dissolution on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon.

Berru said Tuesday he was resigning from the firm.

"In no way do these allegations reflect on Life or Death PR, its staff, or anyone associated with the company," he said in a statement announcing his resignation.

Earlier this week, Coffman posted a series of tweets accusing Berru of sexual harassment dating back two years.

The tweets spurred other women to come forward on social media. Within 48 hours, Berru resigned.

"These are my issues, not theirs. I could not be more proud of the company and what it stands for. That being said, I have stepped down as the CEO and relinquishing all responsibility to the current president, Nick Dierl," Berru said in the statement.

The company said in a statement, "Life or Death has a zero tolerance policy for the type of conduct alleged."

"We take these allegations very seriously," it added.

A number of bands and labels dropped the agency this week. D’Angelo, Speedy Ortiz, and Wavves are among the artists who have reportedly severed ties with the firm.

Rapper Killer Mike announced that while he supports the women who have come forward, he will stay with another publicist from Life or Death.

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