Opera singer David Daniels and his husband face accusations of rape

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The singer is alleged to have drugged one of his younger colleagues in his apartment with an aim for him and his husband to commit a group rape on him in 2010, it has been reported. Opera singer David Daniels has taken leave of absence from his job as a music professor at the University of Michigan pending investigation. Samuel Schultz, 32, wrote in a post on his website – which didn’t name anybody – that he had been raped by “a celebrated opera singer and his boyfriend.” However, The New York Daily News has since named Daniels and his husband, Scott Walters, as the alleged rapists. Both of the men deny the accusation. Schultz said the incident took place in May 2010 just after he had finished his first year of graduate school, when he was just 23. His friend invited him to the singer’s apartment where the singer introduced him to his boyfriend and offered the young man a glass of wine. Since then he does not remember anything, but the following morning he woke up alone, naked and bleeding. The New York Daily News quotes two people who said that Schultz told them about the attack at the time. He said he was afraid to come forward before now as he feared the allegations could ruin his career. In a post on his website where he first spoke about his experience, Schultz said that he now has the strength to own his story and “to take back the power” it has had over him to try to bring an end to rape.

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