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Rapper Killer Mike Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault in the Music Industry

by Aarian Marshall

January 21, 2016
Image via Flickr user Treefort Music Fest

Run the Jewels rapper and activist Killer Mike spoke out on social media Wednesday in support of a group of female musicians who say they were sexually harassed by a prominent music publicist—and friend of Killer Mike’s.

On Monday, Dirty Projectors singer Amber Coffman decided to go public with a story about being harassed while working. “[A] very popular music publicist rubbed my ass and bit my hair at a bar a couple years ago,” she wrote on Twitter. Finally, Coffman identified him: He’s Heathcliff Berru, CEO of Life or Death PR.

A number of musicians said they had similar experiences with Berru. “I was too freaked out to ever say anything,” Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino tweeted

By Monday afternoon, Berru had stepped down as CEO of his company. According to Killer Mike, that’s when the rapper gave his friend a call, breaking off their professional relationship and giving Berru “an earful.”

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Killer Mike clarified his tweetstorm with a post on Facebook. “I stand in solidarity with the women that have spoke out,” he wrote. “Men have to be able to tell our friends and peers when they're wrong. We cannot just say, it's not my problem. We can't expect people to improve if we're not willing to hold them accountable and push them to be better.”

Read Killer Mike’s full statement from Facebook below:

Now that I've got everything in order, let me put this out here since my tweets didn't convey my points/actions...

Posted by Killer Mike GTO on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 

(Via Huffington Post)

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Rapper Killer Mike Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault in the Music Industry