Tearist’s Yasmine Kittles Files Criminal Charges Against Heathcliff Berru

Yasmine Kittles, one-half of LA duo Tearist, has filed criminal charges for sexual battery against Heathcliff Berru, the founder of Life Or Death PR. Berru was publicly but not formally accused of multiple instances of sexual assault and misconduct earlier this year, and resigned from his former publicity and management company, which was eventually dissolved. (Most of the staffers from that company have formed a new one, Liberal Arts, that purports to have no ties to Berru.)

In a Facebook post last night (via Pitchfork), Kittles said that she had filed formal charges against Berru, and attached a news report from TV station CBS Los Angeles that shows her entering the police department to file the charges. “After seeing how many women came forward after us I knew I had to do something more than just comment about it,” she wrote. “He has to be stopped and others like him have to know that women will report them. We have to stop the cycle. It will not be easy, and it’s scary as hell. But we have the power to change things… if we want to.”

“Thank you for your words of support and strength,” Kittles continued. “I am doing this for not just me but for all others to know they are not alone. And if I have to stand here alone to do it…. I fucking will.”

“What Mr. Berru does not say in his statements is that his actions were also illegal,” her attorney Michael Bressler said in the CBS report. “While we believe that anyone struggling with substance abuse should seek immediate professional assistance, it is never — and I quote, never — an excuse for sexually assaulting women.”

When Amber Coffman and others first came forward to accuse Berru of sexual misconduct, Kittles also shared her account on Twitter:

Here’s the recent Facebook post:

As some of you may know, yesterday I filed criminal charges against Heathcliff Berru for sexual battery. After seeing…

Posted by Yasmine Kittles on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kittles is the first to file formal charges against Berru.