Amber Coffman, of Dirty Projectors, caused an unintended stir on Monday when she posted blatant accusations of sexual harassment against a publicist.
According to Amber Coffman, the encounter happened a couple of years ago.
Amber Coffman claimed that music publicist Heathcliff Berru rubbed her butt and bit her hair(?)at a bar in front of four male friends.
Instead of decking the jerk, like we all think we would, Amber Coffman froze up in shock, like most of us actually would.
After Amber Coffman made her accusations so very public, others started to come out of the woodwork with their own stories about Berru.
Was just re-telling/re-remembering a story abt how a very popular music publicist RUBBED my ass and BIT my hair at a bar a couple years ago
— Amber Coffman (@Amber_Coffman) January 19, 2016
The stories ended up in the shameful resignation of Berru from his company, Life or Death PR and Management, and the loss of several of the firm’s clients.
@Amber_Coffman also I’m fairly certain I’ve been roofied by him or members of his crew on more than one occasion
— Beth Martinez. Hero. (@dangervillage) January 19, 2016
Other tweets from Amber Coffman read, “I’ve been told many women have had scary stories about him for years but are scared to speak up. And dudes overlook it and keep hiring him,” and, “Tired of sketchy ass dudes and sexual predators getting a pass from their ‘bros.’ Grow a spine and hold your friends accountable.”
Thank you @Amber_Coffman for bravely speaking the truth. Heathcliff Berru is a scumbag and I’m glad someone finally spoke up.
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) January 19, 2016
— Shirley Braha (@shirleybraha) January 19, 2016
Just wanna say I stand with all the women who are courageously speaking out. I am no longer a client of @LifeorDeathPR/heathcliff
— Kelela (@kelelam) January 20, 2016
Life and Death PR and Marketing released a statement after Amber Coffman’s accusations saying, “We take these allegations very seriously. The men and women who make up this company do not, and will not, condone or tolerate any conduct described in the on-line postings.”
It went on to say, “Life Or Death is three men and three women who are committed to promoting art and serving the clients that we’re so privileged to represent. We are taking measures to ensure that the alleged behavior did not, and will not, make its way into company operations or impact our commitment to promoting art and assisting our clients.”
Love that Heathcliff’s initial statement uses “alleged.” He knows damned well what he did. That’s what I call a half assed apology
— Amber Coffman (@Amber_Coffman) January 20, 2016
What do you think of the mini-revolution in the world of women in music that is going on right now because of Amber Coffman?