“Russell Simmons is just the beginning,” a longtime music industry publicist tells me. “Men have been taking advantage of women in music for a long time.”
The Daily Beast spoke with a half-dozen people in the music industry, from publicists to artists, all of whom are anticipating the anvil to drop at any minute. They have chosen to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
“Just look at what happened with Heathcliff,” one artist said, referring to Heathcliff Berru, the founder of Life or Death PR and Management, who early last year was accused of sexual misconduct by a number of people in the music industry, including Dirty Projectors singer Amber Coffman and Tearist singer Yasmine Kittles. “And he was just a publicist.”