New York Times: Cleveland Orchestra Suspends a Star After Accusation of Assault

By Michael Cooper

27 July 2018

The classical music world’s reckoning with sexual misconduct and abuse continued on Friday when the Cleveland Orchestra suspended the violinist William Preucil, its concertmaster of more than two decades, while it investigates accusations that he sexually assaulted a violin student in 1998.

The orchestra announced the investigation a day after The Washington Post reported the allegations made by the violinist, Zeneba Bowers, who accused him of aggressively kissing her, unbuttoning her clothes and pushing her onto the bed in his hotel room after he had given her a lesson at the New World Symphony, an elite training academy in Miami. After she ran home, she told The Post, Mr. Preucil telephoned her and threatened to blacklist her if she told anyone.

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