Heathcliff Berru gives first interview since his harassment allegations
Former music publicist Heathcliff Berru has given his first interview since dissolving his firm after widespread allegations of sexual assault and aggressive behavior.
His comments came in Brooklyn magazine, as part of a wide-ranging feature on sexual harassment and assault in the independent music industry.
“I am so sorry to everyone that I hurt,” Berru said. “I was made an example of in a way that was necessary given the circumstances. It was time for me to pay for all my mistakes and accept responsibility and face what I did do.”
“I tried to live this lifestyle and disgusting fantasy out. What am I left with? Just a path of destruction out there,” he said. “I can’t believe it went this far and I did so many things that upset so many people to such a degree that it consumed their lives and it is an issue they have to deal with in a very real way.”
However, he added, “I look at the things I did, I have to say this: My behavior was wildly inappropriate, hurtful and terrible. But I have never raped or drugged anyone. I can’t accept that.”
Taken alongside Kesha’s ongoing claims against former producer Dr. Luke, it’s a reminder that sexual harassment and assault is all too common an issue at all levels of the music business. But the culture surrounding it is facing new scrutiny in the social media era.
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