HOUSTON (CelebrityAccess) Samuel Schultz, a former student of Rice University, claims that during his studies there in 2010 he was drugged and violently raped by two of opera/classical music’s biggest rising stars.
Schultz claims he met David Daniels and Scott Walters at a closing night party for the Houston Grand Opera’s run of “Xerxes” on May 14, 2010. Daniels, 52, is the most famous countertenor in the world and a favorite of the Metropolitan Opera. His now-husband, Walters, 36, is a respected conductor. The two were married in 2014 by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to the New York Daily News.
Schultz claims he was invited to a private party at a corporate apartment by the couple. Schultz, a marathon runner, said he doesn’t often drink alcohol but accepted a drink, took a few sips, and blacked out.
He claims he woke up the next afternoon “in a bed alone, completely naked. I was sore and I didn’t know why. I made my way to the bathroom to figure out why I hurt. I was bleeding from my rectum. I became numb. I was paralyzed with fear. What had happened? How could I escape? How would I get out? Where were my clothes? I tiptoed out of the bedroom to discover that David and Scott were not there. When they came back from eating somewhere, I think they asked if I had a good time. … I remember David saying, ‘Don’t worry about the BB thing, I’m totally negative.’ BB in this case meant bareback, otherwise known as raping me without a condom.”
Schultz said he called a doctor but didn’t explain his condition out of embarrassment and got an appointment three weeks away. He said he told his friend Megan Gale who confirmed to the Post that Schultz did tell her he thought he was drugged and raped, and he says he visited a therapist who also confirmed to the newspaper that the alleged incident greatly affected him.
“His emotional state, his psychological state of mind and functionality were markedly affected,” the therapist said. “He has proceeded over time to work very hard to address this abuse in an attempt to recover from the impact and has managed to turn this into a cause so that he’s not dragged into hell [by it].”
Walters and Daniels were contacted by the Post.
“I appreciate you reaching out to me,” Daniels told The News. “Other than I deny these allegations, I have nothing to say. They’re completely false.”
“I have no comment other than to deny the allegations,” Walters said. “They are false.”
Schultz said he was originally frightened to come forward because of repercussions but was emboldened by the #MeToo movement and upon learning that Daniels had made tenure at the University of Michigan where he’d be in close personal contact with young, aspiring actors. Schultz filed a complaint with the U-M Police Department’s special victims unit, which passed the complaint on to the Houston Police Department.
The investigation is active and no arrests have been made, Houston police said.