The public relations firm representing the California woman who gave birth to octuplets says it is stepping down after getting death threats.
The Killeen Furtney Group has received dozens of threats, the head of the Los Angeles agency, Joann Killeen, told the Associated Press (AP) news agency.
Nadya Suleman, 33, gave birth to the eight babies on 26 January.
The single mother of six other children has been criticised for using fertility treatments and receiving state aid.
All 14 of her children were born through in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Wood chipper threat
Ms Killeen said she had received more than 100 e-mailed threats and many others that were left on the agency’s voice-mail, AP reported.
“They’d put me in the wood chipper and throw me in the bottom of the ocean and hope I die,” she is quoted as saying.
Some of the threats were also directed at Ms Suleman, she said.
“We’ve never had a public reaction to us representing a client pro bono like this, ever.”
Ms Suleman hired the agency shortly after the octuplets were born. Ms Killeen made a flurry of TV appearances, saying her client had been deluged with offers to tell her story.
But public reaction to the story soured after it was revealed that Ms Suleman was a single-mother receiving state aid to help her raise her other six children, aged two to seven.
Her use of IVF to give birth to 14 children has also been criticised by fertility experts.
They have raised concerns about the number of embryos transferred into Ms Suleman’s uterus and questioned whether medical guidelines were met.
Ms Suleman has said having a “huge family” was her “dream”.
The octuplets were delivered nine weeks early by Caesarean section in a hospital near Los Angeles and all are reported to be doing well.
LOS ANGELES – Thethat has represented octuplets mother Nadya Suleman is stepping down because of death threats, its president said Saturday.
AP – This image made from a 2006 video provided by KTLA shows Nadya Suleman speaking at a fertility clinic …
Joann Killeen also said the mother now has an agent: Wes Yoder, the same man who arranged book and music deals for thea decade ago and publicity for controversial pastor Rick Warren.
The Killeen Furtney Group was ending its free representation after receiving at least 100 graphic e-mailed threats and swarms of nasty voicemails that went to the Los Angeles agency and even to some of its other clients, Killeen said.
Some messages threatened Suleman but others were aimed at her spokespeople.
“They’d put me in the wood chipper and throw me in the bottom of the ocean and hope I die,” Killeen said. “We’ve gotten her through the worst part of it and now they are putting their venom and anger toward us.”
Word that the 33-year-old single unemployed mother is receiving public assistance to care for the 14 children she conceived throughhas stoked furor among many people.
Police are investigating the threats.
“We’ve never had a public reaction to us representing a client pro bono like this, ever,” Killeen said.
But Michael Levine, a longtime Hollywood publicist who has represented pop star Michael Jackson, said he gets about one death threat a month.
“Death threats have about as much impact on my life as me saying `Happy Valentine’s’ to you,” said Levine, adding that he received multiple threats when he represented Jackson.
Suleman, who gave birth last month, is living at an undisclosed location. She has set up a Web page to accept donations to help the octuplets, who remained hospitalized.
Meanwhile, Killeen said Suleman told her that she had reached an exclusive representation deal with Yoder.
His Ambassador Agency Inc. bills itself as the oldest Christian-basedin the United States.
The agency, which has a Nashville mailing address and a street address in Franklin, Tenn., promotes speaking engagements, publicity and media deals for clients.
Killeen said the agreement with Yoder and her agency’s decision to step down were unrelated. She had not yet contacted Yoder and was unclear on the specifics of Suleman’s deal with him, Killeen added.
A call and e-mail left for Yoder on Saturday were not immediately returned.
A decade ago, Yoder was the spokesman and agent for Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey, the Iowa couple who had the world’s first surviving septuplets on Nov. 19, 1997. They were later involved in book, music and TV commercial deals.
He also has represented Lake Forest and best-selling author of “ .” Warren gave the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration — a choice that drew criticism from gay activists because Warren supported last year’s successful California ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages., pastor of the evangelical in