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Live Nation on Friday said it has put film and TV production chief Heather Parry on leave after several employees reportedly accused her of verbally abusing them.
“At Live Nation we pride ourselves on having an open, accessible and inclusive culture. We take all employee complaints seriously and have retained a third party to investigate. We have placed Ms. Parry on leave during this time,” the company said in a statement emailed to The Hollywood Reporter.
On Saturday, Parry’s attorney, Marty Singer, sent THR a statement from his client: “It’s unfortunate, as a woman running a new division at one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, that you can be targeted simply because of how others perceive a woman in power. I am dedicated to continue working with my Live Nation colleagues to maintain a safe and respectful work place. I am deeply saddened by these accusations and gossip that in no way reflect who I am, or what I truly value. If I hurt someone, I am sorry and apologize as that was never my intention.”
Parry is an executive producer of 2018’s A Star Is Born, a Warner Bros. production in association with Live Nation Productions, and she has produced documentaries with Lady Gaga, who stars in the film, and with Sean “Diddy” Combs.
The move was first reported by Variety after the publication obtained an audio recording of four employees speaking to management about Parry’s offensive language. In the recording, an employee said they sought therapy and one complained of health problems related to Parry’s allegedly abusive behavior, according to Variety.
A person claiming to be a current Live Nation Production employee gained access to the company’s Twitter feed and on Dec. 19 posted an open letter to CEO Michael Rapino that excoriated the company for protecting an “abusive monster,” Variety reported.
“I want a normal working environment,” wrote the anonymous person on Twitter. “One where I don’t have to fear being called an expletive or have something thrown at me or one where I don’t have to cry at my desk daily. Is that too hard to ask for?”
Dec. 22, 5:45 p.m. Updated with statement from Parry.
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