Cleveland Orchestra fires 2 musicians over sexual misconduct

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Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra

Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Orchestra says an independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations has led to the firing of two prominent musicians.

The orchestra on Wednesday announced the dismissals of concertmaster William Preucil and principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa.

The orchestra says in a statement that the investigation was conducted after the publication of media reports in July detailing allegations of misconduct involving Preucil. The investigation was expanded after allegations were also made against La Rosa.

The orchestra says investigators found that both men engaged in “sexual misconduct and sexually harassing behavior” with female students and colleagues over a number of years. Investigators were told the women felt intimidated and were afraid to take action.

Preucil and La Rosa did not return The Plain Dealer newspaper’s requests for comment.