Nine women accuse playwright Israel Horovitz, 78, of sexual misconduct and his Beastie Boy son believes them ALL - including his high school girlfriend who claims he raped her at the family home when she was 19
- Nine women have made allegations against Horovitz which date back to 1986?
- They told The New York Times of the alleged harassments and rapes this week?
- One is?Jocelyn Meinhardt who dated Adam Horovitz in high school?
- In 1989, when she was 19, she was working with her boyfriend's father
- She claims he forced himself on her in his car then raped her at his family home?
- Other accusers include an au pair who says he fondled her breasts aged 16?
- Another says he forcibly kissed her when she was a 16-year-old actress in 1986?
- Three others say they created a buddy system to avoid him while working together on a play in the mid-nineties?
- Horovitz, 78, says he has a 'different memory' of the events in a statement?
- He said he apologized with 'all his heart' to any woman who felt 'compromised' by him
- Adam, 51, said he stood behind his father's accusers who he believes unequivocally?
Nine women have come forward to accuse the playwright Israel Horovitz of sexual misconduct.?
They told their stories to The New York Times?in a lengthy article that was published on Thursday.?
None of their claims were a surprise to his Beastie Boy son Adam who said: 'I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.'?
The women include former au pairs, assistants and actresses who all worked with the 78-year-old.?Many say he forcibly kissed them and grabbed their breasts.?
One, who was Adam's high school girlfriend, says Israel raped her at the family's home when she was 19.?
Horovitz, who is married to his third wife, said he remembered the encounters differently but apologized for any pain caused.??
Israel Horovitz has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine different women. His son, Beastie Boy Adam, says he believes them all. They are pictured together in 2010?
In his own statement, Israel said while he has 'a different memory of some of these events, I apologize with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions, and to my family and friends who have put their trust in me.?
'To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.'?
Among the accusers is Maddie Corman who says he forcibly kissed her backstage during an off-broadway play they worked on together in 1986 when she was 16.?
Another is Jocelyn Meinhardt who was Adam's 19-year-old girlfriend in the summer of 1989 when she says he raped her at his family home.?
She was working with him on a fellowship at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts and claims that before the rape, Horovitz locked her in his car to kiss and touch her before driving them from the theater to the house.?
Frederique Gifford was 16 when she worked for the family as an au pair in 1991. She claims he groped her breasts and made her touch his erect penis.?
Another accuser is Maia Ermansons, now 22, who says Horovitz, a long-term family friend, cupped her breasts during a visit last year and remarked how big they had grown.?
The Gloucester Stage Company received several complaints about Horovitz's alleged behavior in 1993 but it ignored them, describing the women who had written them as 'tightly wound'.?
In light of the new allegations, the company has cut ties with him and apologized for their previous response to allegations.??
ISRAEL HOROVITZ ACCUSERS?
Nickle claims Horovitz cornered her, kissed her and stuck his hand down her pants against her will when she was working as the subscription manager of the Gloucester theater in Massachusetts between 1985 and 1986??
Claims he forcibly kissed her in 1986 when she was 16 and they worked together on a play
Adams' high school girlfriend who says Israel forcibly kissed her in his car then raped her at the family home when she was 19 in 1989?
An au pair who worked for the family in Paris. She claims he forced her hand on to his erect penis in 1991 when she was 16 and says he touched her breasts
Mestecky worked for Horovitz as an assistant and stage manager between 1994 and 1996. She claims he forcibly kissed her, touched her from behind and fondled her at work and would sometimes answer the door naked when she went to drop off scripts??
Worked with Horovitz on a 1990s production of Strong-Man’s Weak Child. She claims he once threw her against a wall and stuck his hand down her pants as she closed up the theater?
Dann was an understudy on the same play on which Senko worked. She claims he told her to practice her monologues while masterbating and once forced his tongue down her throat.?
When she asked what he was doing, he allegedly told her to 'respond in character'??
Crook was also an understudy on the play and says she was subjected to harassment by Horovitz. The three women say they created a buddy system to avoid being left alone with him??
Ermansons claims Horovitz, who she has known since she was a child, groped her breasts and stuck his tongue into her mouth last year after making her sit on his lap when she was 21 and he was 77 last year?
Maia Ermansons shared her account in September last year on Facebook but did not name him?
This October, she attached Horovitz's name to it after the accusations against Harvey Weinstein emerged?
'I apologize to the brave women who came forward in 1992 and 1993 but were not listened to.?
'We are individually and collectively appalled by the allegations, both old and new,'?Elizabeth Neumeier, the Gloucester board’s current president, said in a statement.
Ermansons revealed her allegations in October after the revelations about Harvey Weinstein began.?
In a Facebook post, she attached Horovitz's name to a post she had written a year earlier about a 'playwright she regarded as an honorary grandfather'.?
'I had just dealt with a couple of deaths and this man offered to help me by gifting me some of his work to produce and act in.?
' was extremely grateful and excited. He insisted he come to my apartment for the meeting.?
'The door closed and he held my breasts and said he’s known me since I was so young and can’t believe how large and beautiful they had become.?
Horovitz is pictured in 1977 before the alleged abuse began?
Horovitz (above with his second wife Gillian and Glenn Close in 2007) said he remembered the encounters differently?
'He pulled me onto his lap and licked my lips and tried sticking his tongue in my mouth several times. I felt frozen.
?I said "I have a boyfriend," he said "So? I have a wife." I felt like I was 5 years old,' she wrote.?
Ermansons says he called later to apologize for the 'terrible, terrible' misunderstanding.?
Others say he was so threatening they were forced to devise a buddy system while working together in the mid-nineties on a play.?
One claims he told her to practice her lines while masturbating and that he once forcibly kissed her and told her to respond 'in character' when she asked him what he was doing.?
Others described how he fondled them, stuck his hands down their pants and kissed them without their permission.?
Horovitz has written and directed more than 50 plays including?Park Your Car In Harvard Yard and Line.?He has six children from three different marriages.
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