A man who was a co-founder of late-night promotional groups Branson After Hours and Springfield After Hours is out of both organizations and their umbrella company after accusations of inappropriate behavior toward employees.
A statement released Monday by Branson After Hours said that Brian M. O’Neill resigned all positions connected to the groups. Sarah Starr, a former Branson After Hours and Ozarks Marketing Group staffer, had accused O’Neill of making inappropriate advances against her and posted screenshots of those conversations on Facebook.
“I was constantly being told that I shouldn’t be in my relationship and that I should let him “play” with me,” Starr posted on Facebook. “That I needed more “weird” in my life. He was constantly telling me that my relationship wasn’t going to last and trying to manipulate me into thinking I should just give in to him. I’m not the only one who received gross messages from him. “
Branson After Hours staff posted on Facebook that they had no knowledge of O’Neill’s behavior that was exposed by Starr’s postings.
“None of us were collectively aware of the way Brian was conducting himself throughout the organization, and any that were experiencing the type of abhorrent behavior highlighted this past week, felt they were alone and without a voice,” Branson After Hours staff posted. “Our staff met briefly this weekend to begin reorganization, and we’re grateful to Sarah for bringing this darkness to light. We stand by our work for the nightlife community and are passionate to reinforce our culture and rebuild our brand, with a renewed and empowered voice.”
Springfield After Hours head Dominique Gabriella told OI that O’Neill is credited as a founder because he was part of the original idea of Branson After Hours, but did not have a role in the operations of Springfield After Hours.
“Brian is absolutely NOT part of anything to do with any of the after-hours or our umbrella company,” Gabriella stated.