Friday, 15 December, 2017

Playwright Israel Horovitz Accused Of Rape, Other Sexual Misconduct

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Spencer Simpson | 02 December, 2017, 00:17

Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz says he believes the women who are accusing his father of sexual misconduct. Horovitz had known her since she was a girl, she said.

The theater's board met last week to discuss the allegations after the group had been contacted for comment by The New York Times.

Later Thursday afternoon, after the New York Times piece was published, Neumeier, in a statement emailed to the Gloucester Daily Times, used stronger language: "We cancelled plans to produce a Horovitz play in 2018 and agreed that under no circumstances would he continue to serve on the Board, ex officio, as artistic director emeritus".

As of last week, Gloucester Stage is no longer working with Horovitz, now 78, in light of the accusations from one of the Times' sources, Maia Ermansons, who accused him of forcefully groping and kissing her a year ago when she met with him to discuss a theater project.

The Boston Phoenix in 1993 that detailed allegations from multiple unnamed women of sexual harassment and assault.

The 78-year old Israel Horovitz responded to the allegations by saying that he had "a different memory of some of these events" and apologizing, "with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions". The theater company board president at the time, Barry Weiner, dismissed the claims as overreactions. Inspired by recent revelations about sexual misconduct and assault by disgraced former movie producer Harvey Weinstein and comedian Louis C.K., among many others, the women said they came forward for the first time to describe the sexual abuse and violations by a man they described as a trusted mentor and friend. We recognise that in the past their reports were grossly mishandled. Such behavior can not be tolerated and our thoughts are with the women who were victimized. Instead, Horovitz submitted his resignation. He is also the founder of Gloucester Stage, a regional theater that prides itself as a safe harbor for playwrights. "He said he hadn't realized that he had harmed me". A production planned for 2018 has been cancelled, Neumeier said.

Another, Jocelyn Meinhardt, who dated Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz in high school, was 19 when she alleges the playwright kissed and fondled her as she began to cry, and then led her to his bedroom and raped her.

25, 2009 at Gloucester Stage in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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