The College of Michigan on Thursday fired David Daniels, a professor of voice and one particular of the world’s foremost countertenors, one particular 12 months immediately after he and his spouse ended up billed with sexually assaulting a further singer.
It was the to start with time in more than 60 a long time that the university’s Board of Regents had voted to dismiss a tenured school member, according to the board chairman, Ron Weiser. The board also denied Mr. Daniels severance pay out.
“At the coronary heart of each determination of the board is the basic safety and well-currently being of our pupils, and the integrity of the instruction to which our students are entitled,” Mr. Weiser said. “When the board sees this jeopardized by a tenured member of the faculty, we feel it is essential to take the extreme motion of dismissal.”
Mr. Daniels rose to fame singing superior areas that were once the province of castratos or mezzo-sopranos at the Metropolitan Opera and all over the planet. When he and his spouse, Scott Walters, had been married in 2014, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an avid opera enthusiast, officiated.
But Mr. Daniels suffered a downfall in January 2019 right after he and Mr. Walters ended up arrested and charged in connection with a 2010 episode in which a singer stated he had been drugged and assaulted by the couple, in accordance to charging paperwork submitted by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas.
The singer, Samuel Schultz, who went community with his accusations in August 2018, explained he had in the beginning been concerned that talking out about the episode would destruction his fledgling career.
Mr. Schultz stated that Mr. Daniels and Mr. Walters had assaulted him when, as a graduate pupil at Rice College in Houston, he had gone to hear Mr. Daniels in Handel’s “Xerxes” at Houston Grand Opera.
After attending the effectiveness and cast get together, Mr. Schultz stated, he was invited to Mr. Daniels’s and Mr. Walters’s condominium. There, he reported, he was given a consume that brought about him to drop consciousness. He awoke alone, he stated, bare and bleeding from his rectum.
The University of Michigan said that it put Mr. Daniels on an administrative go away in August 2018 and requested him not to have contact with pupils just after Mr. Schultz spoke out about the episode.
“I am grateful that the College of Michigan in the end chose to defend its college students from long term harm,” Mr. Schultz wrote in an email on Thursday night time. “Although the truth is inconvenient for people who deny victims their voice, the end result of the investigation speaks for itself.”
The legal circumstance against Mr. Daniels and Mr. Walters has not nevertheless long gone to trial.
Matt Hennessy, a lawyer for the few, denied Mr. Schultz’s accusations in January 2019.
“David and Scott are innocent of any wrongdoing,” Mr. Hennessy mentioned. “Sam Schultz is not a victim. He by no means would have gotten this much focus from his singing, and he understands and resents that simple fact. He waited eight years to complain about adult, consensual sexual intercourse to journey the #MeToo motion to unearned celeb. We will struggle this.”
Michael Cooper contributed reporting.