Further allegations are detailed against David Daniels

Further allegations are detailed against David Daniels


norman lebrecht

August 01, 2019

A student has given account of the countertenor’s attempts to seduce him at the University of Michigan.

Andrew Lipian’s deposition states: ‘It’s like we were all swimming, we were all out to sea, and there is a shark swimming in the water… And they let the shark in, and they didn’t get us out of the water.’

Details here. More here.

Daniels, denying the allegations, maintains the contacts were consensual.


UPDATE: Daniel’s lawyers have issued this defence statement:
David Daniels and Scott Walters are innocent. Nine years ago, they had consensual sex with
Sam Schultz after the three men attended several parties together. When the last party ended,
Mr. Schultz drove himself to Mr. Daniels’ and Mr. Walters’ apartment at 3:20 a.m. because he
wanted to be with them. Mr. Schultz leaves this important fact out every time he tells his story.


There has been confusion about some of the facts in this case, leading to false information
being circulated in the media. Here are some clarifications:
• Mr. Daniels and Mr. Walters were never extradited to Houston. The two men were in
Michigan when they were originally charged in January 2019. After being released on
bail in Michigan, they voluntarily and at their own expense, traveled to Houston to
appear in court.
• Mr. Daniels is not a party to any civil suit involving the University of Michigan. In
October 2018, a civil suit against UM and Mr. Daniels was filed by Andrew Lipian in the
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The claims against Mr. Daniels
were dismissed in February. There is no pending civil litigation against Mr. Daniels.
• The indictments of Mr. Daniels and Mr. Walters handed down by the Harris County
Grand Jury last week were not unexpected and are by no means evidence of guilt. They
are merely allegations. The indictments are part of the process of bringing a case to trial
where the allegations can be challenged. Grand juries seldom decline prosecutors’
requests for indictments. The presumption of innocence still applies, and Mr. Daniels
and Mr. Walters look forward to their day in court.



  • Lindy says:

    From the linked article: “Daniels and his husband are currently each facing a charge of second-degree criminal sexual assault in Houston, Texas, where a grand jury determined last week that there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.”

    Remember a certain retired attorney, Doug, who called that case a “nothing sandwich?” Obviously, the public grand jury didn’t agree.

    • Amanda says:

      Said by the respected Chief Judge of New York State (1985-1992) Sol Wachtler “…district attorneys now have so much influence on grand juries that “by and large” they could get them to “indict a ham sandwich.”

  • Silversled says:

    Whether Daniels is guilty or not guilty of these allegations, his career is, sadly, ruined.

    • sam says:

      Huh? If he is guilty, then it’s hardly sad.

      • Bill says:

        It’s sad if a great talent will no longer be performing. I have not heard Daniels, and have no opinion as to his talent. I am not saying in any way that he should not be punished if the charges are proven, merely that whatever the reason, it is a loss when the day comes that a fine performer performs no longer.

      • Silversled says:

        @Sam, the loss of any fine singer and musician, for whatever reason, is always sad.

    • sam says:

      Let’s be absolutely clear on this point: This is not a case where the alleged behavior is unrelated to his career, rather he is abusing his authority and position as a professor and as a recognized singer in the industry in order to, to be able to, engage in the alleged behavior.

      Of course his career should deservedly suffer, if the alleged behavior is true.

      • V.Lind says:

        Bravo. I sometimes wonder how all these musical purists, who are entitled to lament the loss of a talented performer from their sights, have no sense of what their victims have lost just because it is not musical. FCS, try to think your way into the life of a young person being forced by a perhaps admired mentor — who may also have the power of career destruction in his hands into ghastly situations that tear their lives apart, body and soul.

        I do knot know anything about this man and his husband, but of there is truth to these stories — and they seem to have sufficient basis to convince a Texas court to proceed – they deserve all they get.

        Yes, people have been ruined with false allegations. But false allegations are rarely the product of more than one perpetrator who, for whatever reason — revenge, a twisted view of relationships, or sheer malice — brings a lie to bear. When supporting stories begin to come out, from people who suddenly feel that they are not alone after sometimes years of fear and darkness, they must be taken very seriously.

        And I’m afraid the broken life of a single victim matters more than the aural pleasure of the uncaring.

        • Sue Sonata Form says:

          Stop it. I’m bawling.

        • Amanda says:

          The other accuser’s story is falling apart rapidly. I wonder is Sam Schultz and Andrew Lipian took time out their very busy non-existent singing careers to share a phone call or two, to make sure their stories were just different enough. But who knows? They were too busy not singing.

  • Wagner says:

    He’s a pig. A vulture. This has been proven over 1000 fold at this point. I hope he’s found guilty.

  • Kolb Slaw says:

    My hate for counter-tenors goes back to one famous before Daniels for similar-ish reasons. But I have no sympathy for the accuser(s).