Opera Singer David Daniels & Husband Scott Walters Accused of Rape
David Daniels, a top countertenor in classical and opera music, has been accused of drugging and raping singer Samuel Schultz in 2010. His husband, conductor Scott Walters, is also accused.
According to the New York Daily News, who first published the news on Wednesday (Aug. 22), Schultz was 23 at the time of the alleged assault and met Daniels and then-boyfriend Walters at an closing-night party for Handel's opera Xerxes at the Houston Grand Opera, in which Daniels played the lead role. Schultz, who was a young baritone singer attending graduate school at Rice University, was eager to meet and network with the respected Daniels.
The Daily News wrote that Schultz claimed the couple invited him back to their apartment, where they offered him a drink. He blacked out after a few sips and woke up the following afternoon naked in the apartment's bed, in pain and bleeding from his rectum. When Daniels and Walters returned to the apartment, the opera singer allegedly told Schultz: "Don't worry about the BB thing, I'm totally negative," which is a slang term for not using a condom.
While Schultz called the health center immediately after the reported incident, he booked the appointment three weeks later due to feeling ashamed to admit the reason for his appointment. By the time he went in, all evidence of rape was gone. However, the Daily News said it spoke to a friend and a therapist who confirmed Schultz's story and said he told them what happened at the time. In July, the young singer posted a lengthy note on Facebook, sharing his feelings on the alleged incident but did not reveal Daniels' name.
Daniels is currently a professor at the University of Michigan, but the the university announced he is taking a leave of absence following the public allegations. Daniels and Walters have yet to comment on the claims.