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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –

The Cleveland Orchestra has suspended concertmaster and violinist William Preucil in the wake of sexual assault allegations.

Violinist Zeneba Bowers was 26 when she says Preucil aggressively forced himself on her at a hotel room in 1998.

She said she fought him off, and fled the room.

The report surfaced in The Washington Post on Thursday, as the paper chronicled a culture of sexual indiscretions within the classical music industry.

“The Cleveland Orchestra was not aware of the allegations reported by The Washington Post about William Preucil in their July 26, 2018 article. We take this matter very seriously and will promptly conduct an independent investigation. Mr. Preucil has been suspended until further notice,” said André Gremillet, executive director of the Cleveland Orchestra, in a prepared statement on Friday.

Preucil also serves as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 

READ MORE: Cleveland19.com

Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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