Live Nation Ends Relationship With Heather Parry After Internal Investigation

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Heather Parry attends “Believer” premiere duing the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Heather Parry, the head of Live Nation Productions who led the efforts behind “A Star Is Born,” is no longer with the company, Live Nation Entertainment announced Feb. 21.

Parry ran the film and TV division of the company, and came under fire after a Variety investigation uncovered human resources reports revealing several workplace complaints, including anonymous allegations that she verbally abused subordinates. Parry immediately denied the accusations. 

An inquiry was launched by Live Nation in response to the workplace reports and ended with her departure, as first reported by Billboard.

Parry apologized for any unintentional hurt she may have caused, according to Variety.

Live Nation hired an outside firm to conduct the investigation, in which numerous employees were interviewed about a range of workplace issues, including Parry’s alleged behavior, but also to address other workplace issues and to determine who recorded an internal meeting and took over the company’s Twitter account to attack Parry and President/CEO Michael Rapino, Variety reports.

Live Nation said in a statement that it was unable to substantiate accusations, which were made anonymously, of alleged homophobic and racist comments by Parry, but did find that “the work environment Ms. Parry created did not meet our expectation of leadership,” a company spokesperson told Variety

“Heather Parry will be leaving Live Nation, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement to Pollstar. “Live Nation is committed to the Live Nation Productions division and to our pipeline of artist-driven projects which will be led moving forward by current executives Ryan Kroft, Matt Stein, and Chad Wasser.” 

For her part, Parry released a statement of her own to Variety saying she was “grateful” that the anonymous allegations proved baseless.

“Being accused in the media of something I’m not has been incredibly painful,” she said, adding that her “passion” for music, TV and film have caused her to be “relentless, because nothing of great value ever comes easy.”

“As a boss, I’m tough and brutally honest, and through this process I have learned how I can go about being not only a more effective leader but a better person,” she said. “I am humbled and will grow from this experience, and I look forward to continuing my career as an independent producer.”