Just a day after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London announced that Charles Dutoit would be vacating his posts as artistic and principal conductorahead of schedule following multiple allegations of sexual assault, another six women have come forward with further accusations, one of them alleging rape. The new accusers told the Associated Pressthey were angered by Dutoit’s denial of the initial allegations made by three singers and an instrumentalist, wanting to make public the scope of his sexual misconduct throughout a lengthy international career. They claim that Dutoit assaulted them in Paris, Montreal and the United States over 40 years, beginning in the late 1970s.
Charles Dutoit. Photo: Robert Ghement/EPA.
Asked not to be identified, the woman accusing Dutoit of rape said it occurred in 1988 when she was auditioning for an orchestra that he was guest conducting. She alleges that when they were staying at the same hotel, Dutoit called her and asked her for a tool that would fix his broken luggage. When she entered his room, the conductor offered her a drink, which she declined, then forced himself on her.
Associated Press quotes her as saying:...