"I felt close to him like a grandfather, but also he was a somewhat famous guy whose time I felt privileged to have," Ermansons told the publication. "For the man who represented all that, to treat me the way he did, was the ultimate betrayal."
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The recent public accusations against Horovitz by Ermansons, Giffard and Meinhardt are the latest in allegations against Horovtiz. The Times reported that Gloucester Stage officials knew of sexual misconduct by Horovitz for at least 24 years.
In August 1993, the now-defunct Boston Phoenix published multiple stories in which 10 women accused him of sexual assault and harassment. The Times reported that Gloucester severed its relationship with Gloucester after getting word of Ermansons’s allegations.
"I apologize to the brave women who came forward in 1992 and 1993 but were not listened to," Elizabeth Neumeier, the Gloucester board's current president, said in a statement. "We are individually and collectively appalled by the allegations, both old and new."
Horovitz apologized in a statement to the Times, but said he has "a different memory of some of these events."
“I apologize with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions, and to my family and friends who have put their trust in me,” Horovitz’s statement said. “To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.”
Horovitz’s son Adam, known as Ad-Rock of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, issued a statement in support of the women making the allegations.
“I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them,” Adam Horovitz said.