Playwright Israel Horovitz, father of Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock, accused of sexual misconduct by nine women
Israel Horovitz, award-winning playwright and father of Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, has been accused of sexual misconduct. In a piece for The New York Times, nine women allege that Horovitz repeatedly sexually assaulted and harassed them, including forcibly kissing and groping them, and, in the case one woman, raped her.
In a statement to the New York Times, Adam says, "I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them."
The elder Horowitz says that 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," he says. "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."
Horovitz has written over 70 plays, and was the founding artistic director of the Gloucester Stage theater company. In 1993, 10 women, several of whom worked for Gloucester Stage, accused Horovitz of sexual assault and harassment in an article for The Boston Phoenix. At the time, Horovitz described the claims as "character assassination."
In light of the new allegations, Gloucester Stage has cut ties with Horovitz.
"I apologize to the brave women who came forward in 1992 and 1993 but were not listened to," says Elizabeth Neumeier, current president of the Gloucester board. "We are individually and collectively appalled by the allegations, both old and new."
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