An up-and-coming baritone singer alleges he was drugged and violently raped in 2010 by two of opera/classical music’s shining stars, David Daniels and Scott Walters.
Daniels, 52, the most famous countertenor in the world, has been a favorite of the Metropolitan Opera, while his now-husband Walters, 36, is a respected conductor.
The couple is so highly regarded that they were married in 2014 by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Samuel Schultz claims that in 2010, the same couple drugged and raped him following a performance in Texas, leaving him unconscious. He claims that he awoke the next afternoon in a strange bed, disoriented, in pain and bleeding from the rectum.
Schultz, then a 23-year-old graduate student at Rice University, says he was frightened of repercussions and hid the alleged event for years. Emboldened by both 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 singers — Schultz filed a complaint with the U-M Police Department’s special victims unit in July. Authorities in Michigan, in turn, passed the complaint on to the Houston Police Department.
The investigation is active and no arrests have been made, Houston police said. They declined to provide any further details.
Schultz told the Daily News and wrote in his complaint that after meeting Daniels and Walters at a closing night party on May 14, 2010, for Houston Grand Opera’s run of “Xerxes,” starring Daniels, he was invited back to a corporate apartment where the couple was staying.
Walters told him, Schultz says, to keep the invite a secret because the couple didn’t want to cause jealousy among those who weren’t invited.
Schultz, a marathon runner, said he doesn’t normally drink alcohol, but accepted a drink to not cause waves.
He says he only remembers taking a few sips of the drink at the couple’s apartment — and then he blacked out.
He says and wrote in his police complaint that 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 says he called a health center to make an appointment following the encounter, but, afraid to admit why he needed to see a doctor, was told he’d have to wait three weeks. By the time of the visit June 1, all evidence of the alleged rape was gone, but he wanted to make sure he was disease-free.
In the days following the alleged assault, he discussed his traumatic experience with Megan Gale, a friend who was then an employee in Rice University’s music department.
Gale recalled to The News that Schultz came to her in shock, saying that he was sure he’d been violated and drugged, and that he told her he’d woken naked and bleeding in a strange bed.
He also visited a therapist within a week of the alleged assault. The therapist — who was given permission by Schultz to speak to The News, but prefers not to be publicly identified — said Schultz shared “specific details” with her, and 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].”
Schultz posted a heartfelt essay online in July about being raped, but did not identify Daniels or Walters at the time.
“I have been terrified to talk about this publicly. … There was a legitimate danger of always destroying my career by reporting someone else’s assault against me,” Schultz wrote in the essay. “Because of this, I have lived with the fear of exclusion and being silenced.”