A member of the popular rap group the Beastie Boys has spoken out after his father, a well-known playwright, was accused of sexually assaulting a string of teen girls, as reported by The New York Times.
“I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them,” Adam Horovitz said in a statement.
His father, Israel Horovitz, has been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women, many of whom allege they were teenagers when the abuse occurred. One of the accusers, Maddie Corman, said she was just 16 when he pressed her against the wall and forced himself on her.
Another alleged victim, Frédérique Giffard, was employed as the family’s babysitter, and was also 16, when Israel Horovitz is alleged to have fondled her without consent and forced her hand on his erect penis. These attacks are said to have occurred in 1986 and 1991, respectively.
One woman, however, accused him of sexually assaulting her just last year, when he was 77 and she was 21. Maia Ermansons said she met Israel Horovitz at a theater when he fondled her without consent and forced her to kiss him, remarking on how “large and beautiful” her breasts had become.
“I felt close to him like a grandfather, but also he was a somewhat famous guy whose time I felt privileged to have,” she said, noting that she had known him since she was a little girl. “For the man who represented all that, to treat me the way he did, was the ultimate betrayal.”
According to The New York Times, each of the stories shared by the nine alleged victims contain “chilling similarities,” and each account has been corroborated by an outside source.
Israel Horovitz has not denied the allegations but has stated that he had “a different memory of some of these events,” apologizing “to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions,” according to Variety.
The 78-year-old has directed over 70 plays and one movie. Adam Horovitz did not comment further on his father’s alleged misconduct.
[Featured image: Israel Horovitz/Associated Press]