Countertenor David Daniels and partner are accused of rape

Posted on: August 23, 2018

“The opera star David Daniels, one of the world’s best-known countertenors, took a leave of absence from his job as a music professor at the University of Michigan on Wednesday after a young singer accused him of drugging and raping him after a performance in Houston in 2010,” writes Michael Cooper in Thursday’s (8/23) New York Times. “The singer, Samuel Schultz, a 32-year-old baritone, said in an interview … that he had been drugged and raped by Mr. Daniels and Mr. Daniels’s partner, Scott Walters, who is now his husband, when Mr. Daniels was appearing at Houston Grand Opera. Mr. Daniels and Mr. Walters … denied the allegations…. [Schultz] said … he had been afraid to come forward before now…. Perryn Leech, the managing director of Houston Grand Opera, said in a statement that ‘we will cooperate with any law enforcement inquiries and launch our own investigation once we know the full range of the allegations.’ Part of a Houston Police Department report reviewed by The New York Times shows that the case was reported at the end of July.” University of Michigan spokeswoman Kim Broekhuizen said, “Every report we receive … is taken seriously and is carefully reviewed for appropriate action.”

Posted August 23, 2018