A former student at the Horace Mann School has filed suit against the school, claiming it covered up the sexual abuse he suffered from the music director, Johannes Somary. The conductor, he claims, wooed the teenaged student at expensive joints and swore eternal love during the course of the 1970s affair. The plaintiff, who is not named, says he was shocked to discover that Somary was preying on other pupils as well. ‘I was devastated and repulsed by the thought that I was not truly loved by the man who had taken me under his spell,’ he said, through an attorney.
Somary, who died in 2011, was named last year in a New York Times investigation into the Horace Mann school. In all, 32 students say they were abused. The school is in talks to settle a host of damages claims.
Somary, Swiss born, led the US premieres of three Handel operas and made some 50 commercial recordings. He was married with three children.
In England, sentence is expected to be passed this week in Manchester on Michael Brewer, convicted of indecent assault on a 14 year-old student at Chetham’s School of Music.