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FitzGibbon Media Shuts Down Over Sexual Assault Allegations

Richmond-based leader accused of assault, harassment.

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Trevor FitzGibbon, the president of a progressive public relations company that was profiled in Style Weekly in August, is the target of accusations of sexual assaults and harassment by several female employees, according to news accounts.

FitzGibbon Media, based in Washington, abruptly shut down Thursday. “It is with tremendous regret that we had to close FitzGibbon Media,” FitzGibbon, 45, told the Huffington Post.

His company counted among its clients such leaders in the progressive movement as NARAL, MoveOn, the AFL-CIO, the Center for American Progress, Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning.

The charges were made by multiple female staff members. They include two alleged cases of sexual assault and at least a half dozen involving sexual harassment.

Sierra Pedraja, 26, of Austin, Texas, said that FitzGibbons asked her “to have some fun” when she was interviewing for a job with the company several weeks ago. The writer and journalist turned down FitzGibbon, who is married and has three children.

In its Aug. 18 cover story, Style wrote that FitzGibbon, who has moved his household to Richmond, appreciates the Fan District and hopes to make Virginia his home base.

The former campaign staffer for Barack Obama had been putting together a number of new Virginia-based clients.

The allegations surfaced during the FitzGibbon Media staff meeting in Austin.

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