Orchestra appoints committee to investigate abuse

(Cuyahoga County) - The Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Orchestra has formed a special committee to conduct an independent sexual misconduct investigation of their first violinist.

Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil is accused of forcing himself on violinist Zeneba Bowers in a hotel room back in 1998. 

Bowers claims she was able to fight him off, and run from the room. She was 26 years old at the time. 

Trustees have created a panel to probe the allegations against Preucil, who was suspended last month. 

David J. Hooker (former Managing Partner of Thompson Hine LLP) is chair of the committee; Alexander Cutler (former Chair and CEO of Eaton Corporation), Stephen Hoffman (President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland), Loretta J. Mester (President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland) and Beth E. Mooney (Chair and Chief Executive Officer KeyCorp) serve as members of the committee. 

They have selected Helen V. Cantwell and Arian M. June from the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP to investigate Mr. Preucil’s tenure at The Cleveland Orchestra and any other matters that are raised in the course of Debevoise’s work. 

Upon the conclusion of the review, they are promising to share the key findings.

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