Killer Mike is standing by embattled music publicist Heathcliff Berru amid sexual harassment claims, but he’s not condoning the behavior. Instead, the Atlanta MC is showing his support for the accusers.
Berru’s conduct was exposed on Twitter by musician Amber Coffman of the group Dirty Projectors yesterday. Coffman’s recount of Beru groping her butt (and trying to bite her hair) at a bar two years ago led to other women stepping forward. Amid the flood storm, Berru, founder of Life or Death PR,whose clients include Mike, D'Angelo and Odd Future, stepped down from the company.
He released a statement apologizing for the “alleged inappropriate behavior” and announced that he will be entering rehab. Berru also made it clear that he “never drugged anyone or engaged in that type of behavior.”
“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,” said Berru.
He closes the statement with a message to his family, “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.”
Earlier today, Mike revealed his stance on the scandal. While D'Angelo and others severed ties with the PR firm, Mike will continue doing business with Life or Death. “My Publicist Lost his wife, biz & Rep,” he wrote. “My friend Got an ear full from me about how f****d up he behaved. Amber deserves all our support And she and those other women have mine.”
“My day to day publicist is Dunkin and he will continue to be," Mike explained. "Cliff is still my friend and i will support him in being a better human being Life or death is no more and cliff will be dealing with his drug and alcohol issues.”
Read more of his tweets below.
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