Breaking: Charles Dutoit is accused of rapemain
The Associated Press has been working with six women who came forward with sexual allegations against the Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit.
One of them says he raped her.
The musician accusing Dutoit of rape was then 28 and auditioning for an orchestra in early 1988 while he was guest-conducting. She said they were staying at the same hotel and rode the elevator together up to their shared floor one night….
He invited her to come in when she brought it to his room, she said, first offering her a drink, which she declined. Within minutes, he forced himself on her, she said.
“He came closer to me and tried to kiss me, and held my head so strongly it ripped my earring out,” said the musician, now in her 50s. “He pinned my wrists to the wall and pushed me to the bed.”
“His pants were down in a split second and he was inside me before I could blink,” she said. She said she started crying, told him to stop and that she was married, but that it made no difference.
When she blurted out that she was not on birth control, he quickly pushed her out the door, she said. “‘I’ll get some condoms and I’ll get you back,'” she quoted him as telling her.
Read the full story here.
Two of the cases reported by AP were first brought to light by Slipped Disc (which is duly credited).
Dutoit, 81, yesterday resigned the last of his posts as music director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has denied previous allegations and vowed to clear his name.
Follow the story from the beginning, here.
UPDATE: Dutoit denies rape.