Progressive PR Firm Closes After Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Founder

FitzGibbon Media, a Washington public relations firm that represented progressive groups like MoveOn, Everytown and NARAL, closed its doors on Thursday after allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Trevor FitzGibbon, its president.

The P.R. firm also worked with artists such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews on various campaigns and causes.

A group of the firm’s former employees issued a statement in which they said that “the team that comprised FitzGibbon Media is incredibly sad and disappointed to confirm that allegations against Trevor FitzGibbon, FitzGibbon Media founder and president , for sexual assault and harassment of multiple female staffers. Staffers reported over a half dozen incidents of sexual harassment and at least two involving sexual assault committed by Trevor FitzGibbon against his own employees.”

The company issued a statement in which it said that “after much discussion and deliberations, and in consultation with legal counsel, it is with great regret that we have announced our firm is closing.”

“The FitzGibbon Media team, in collaboration with the most brilliant strategists across the globe, built an organization of professionals who influence public policy and will surely continue to make a difference where it matters.”

News of the closure was first reported by the Huffington Post.

FitzGibbon released a statement in which he said, “The allegations against me are a distraction to the mission at hand. In order to do what is best for the company, I took a leave of absence. However, it is abundantly clear that an irreconcilable difference has arisen between the FitzGibbon team and me.  We had no choice but to make the difficult decision to close FitzGibbon Media.

“I apologize to my team and our clients for the impact this closing will have on them.  I will work to once again regain the trust that was lost.”

Among other things, the company had helped promote the rollout of Everytown for Gun Safety’s Creative Council, led by Julianne Moore, including a recent video featuring celebrities and President Obama.

In their statement, the ex-employees said that they “could no longer continue working” under FitzGibbon’s leadership.

“We lost our jobs standing up for what’s right, to ensure a safe workplace for all — and while we may have been left without jobs, benefits and long-term healthcare, we have our integrity and each other.”

MoveOn.org Civic Action issued a statement following the closure.

“We’re shocked and dismayed by the allegations of sexual assault and harassment at FitzGibbon Media. These allegations must be taken seriously. There is no room for sexual assault or harassment in our movement, in any workplace, or anywhere.”

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