Members of Dirty Projectors, Best Coast Sexually Harassed by Publicist

Coffman recalls the harasment on Twitter.

Amber Coffman of Brooklyn-based band Dirty Projectors, began tweeting about her experience with music publicist Heathcliff Berru of Life or Death PR and Management. Her January 18th tweets recall the incident of Berru’s alleged sexual misconduct. Her Twitter thread (featured below) also recalls a public conversation where California rock-duo Best Coast also confirm his misconduct towards their band members as well.

Cosentino wrote:

Coffman said that when she informed Domino, her label, of Berru’s actions, they stopped working with him. “They told me they’ve held their commitment of not working with him ever since, and I really appreciate that gesture,” she wrote. “More should follow suit.”



These accusations were also echoed by music industry figures like Deradoorian, Tearist, former MTV host Shirley Braha, publicist Beth Martinez, and more.

DIIV and Speedy Ortiz have severed ties with Life or Death PR:



Heathcliff Berru has currently stepped down as CEO of Life or Death PR. releasing this statement via LA Weekly:

There have been several reports about my alleged inappropriate behavior which deserve a response. I am deeply sorry for those who I have offended by my actions and how I have made certain women feel. If I crossed the line of decency or respectfulness in situations when I was drunk and under the influence, there is no excuse of course. To be clear, while my conduct may have been inappropriate, I have never drugged anyone or engaged in that type of behavior.  Nevertheless, I do not want to be the type of person who would let drugs or alcohol take command of his life and compromise how he treats people. Yet I have been this person and it’s time to put a stop to all of this. Create a world with one less inappropriate man.

I have been fighting a losing battle against drugs and alcohol for many years and will be checking into a rehabilitation facility in the hope that I can improve my chances of winning that fight. A year ago, I was confronted by a peer and began to try to clean up and make things right with therapy and with an eye towards quitting the addiction. The shame and sadness feels as strong now as it did then and I am making an immediate change.

I have already lost my wife, abandoned my family, and destroyed those I love as a result of my shameful, embarrassing, unacceptable behavior. I deeply apologize to them as well. By no means do they deserve to feel the pain of my actions. Please give them the space they deserve. They were the light at the end of a dark tunnel. I was married during some of these years and hid my problems from everyone well. Especially her and her family. Totally inexcusable.

In no way do these allegations reflect on Life or Death PR, its staff, or anyone associated with the company. 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. The company shouldn’t have to deal with this distraction and I want Nick and the rest of the team to continue to do their good work while I take care of myself.

At this point, it is unclear whether Berru will continue to profit from the company.

(Main photo by Amanda Hatfield via Flickr)