On Tuesday, officials arrested a renowned opera singer and prominent University of Michigan professor after they were accused of assaulting a singer in Texas in 2010.
The officials arrested Countertenor David Daniels and his husband, William A. Scott Walters, on warrants from the Lone Star state. The officials charged each of them with sexual assault of an adult, according to the reports.
The victim, Samuel Schultz, interacted with the news channels and shared that the couple assaulted him in 2010 when he was just 23 years old and was attending Rice University. Schultz told the media that he met Daniels and Walters at a Houston Grand Opera reception in 2010 where he was invited to their apartment. When he reached their apartment, he was given a drink that made him unconscious, Schultz added.
Following the incident, Schultz filed a criminal complaint with Houston police in July.
“This is about seeking stalled justice and helping other victims of sexual violence be aware that fear doesn’t need to keep them in silence,” Schultz said. “I had many reasons to be very fearful of coming forward as a student and in the years after being a graduate student … but I realized that by letting go of that fear I’m getting my life back.”
On the other hand, Matt Hennessy, a lawyer for Daniels and Walters, said the two “are innocent of any wrongdoing.”
“David and Scott are innocent of any wrongdoing,” Hennessy told the reporters. “Sam Schultz is not a victim. He would never have gotten this much attention from his singing, and he knows and resents that fact. He waited eight years to complain about adult, consensual sex to ride the MeToo movement to unearned celebrity. We will fight this”, Hennessy added.
Soon after the news reached T.V screens and newspapers, San Francisco Opera in November announced that it had removed Daniels from a production later this year following the sexual assault allegation made in a lawsuit by a University of Michigan student.
When reporters reached Daniels regarding the concern, he said that the accusations were both false and malicious and he has no such relationships with the student.