Wikileaks. Amnesty International. MoveOn. And the ACLU.
These are a few of the big name clients represented by Washington D.C.-based FitzGibbon Media. At least, they were. Today, the PR firm has shut down.
The agency closed down operations shortly after multiple female employees came forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against FitzGibbon. The website is still up but its social media presence is gone. The mutiny even involved a statement on the agency’s Tumblr page:
The team that comprised FitzGibbon Media is incredibly sad and disappointed to confirm that allegations have been made 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.
For decades, Trevor presented himself as a champion of the progressive movement, claiming to support and respect women and feminist issues, from equal pay to reproductive rights, but his actions prove a hypocrisy so great that FitzGibbon Media closed its doors today, as we could no longer continue working under his 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.
We are devastated to see our beloved place of work closed at the hands of such a coward and hope to continue working on the social and political issues we love and care so deeply for in the future.
Trevor Fitzgibbon (seen to the left) emailed a statement to The Guardian (admittedly among FitzGibbons’ clients):
“The allegations against me are a distraction to the mission at hand,” Fitzgibbon said. The public relations expert, who has been on leave of absence since complaints first emerged, added: “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.”
Well, at least he’s got his taking points down.