The composer Hans-Jürgen von Bose has been identified in tabloid newspapers as the defendant in a forthcoming rape case in Munich. (The newspapers name him as ‘Hans-Jürgen B.’; his wife went public with his full name.)
The alleged rapes took place while von Bose, 62, was a professor at the city’s Academy of Music, whose former rector was recently convicted of a sex offence aganst a faculty member.
Von Bose, who was suspended by the Academy in May 2015, will contest the charges.
Under the headline ‘A cry for help’, his wife, Karin Susanne ‘Kaline’ Bose, today issued an appeal to friend and admirers and opened a donation account here to help pay legal and health-care costs.
Mrs Bose maintains that violence is alien to her husband’s nature and that his health, already fragile, has been wrecked by the case.
Presumptions of innocence apply.