Top US music college is caught up in sex abuse scandalmain
A Boston Globe investigation finds that three professors at Berklee College of Music have been allowed to leave quietly after being accused by several students of sexual aggression.
One of them went on to teach at the New England Conservatory, unhampered by the allegations.
Berklee is regularly ranked among the top ten US conservatories of music.
The Globe alleges ‘a culture of blatant sexual harassment’ at Berklee. Here’s how it starts:
She woke up naked and unnerved. Her professor, her mentor at Berklee College of Music, was groping her as she tried to push him away while fighting off waves of nausea. Jeff Galindo, a popular jazz musician and instructor at the school, had walked her home from a party the night before to make sure she arrived safely because she was so drunk.
All she wanted was to banish memories of that nightmarish experience in the spring of 2012. But weeks later Galindo, who had been on tour much of the time since that night, begged forgiveness from his student in a series of bizarre texts.
“I’m truly sorry for hurting you. I promise I will never again,” Galindo said in texts shared with the Globe by the woman, then a junior and one of the few female students in her department. “By the way, just to let you know, we never [had intercourse],” said another text in the mea culpa. “I never got it up. I was too drunk. It doesn’t excuse anything, but I thought I’d let you know what a loser I am.”
Read on here.