Four Actresses Claim 'Alias Grace' Actor Albert Schultz Sexually Harassed Them
Actor Albert Schultz started 2018 with four separate lawsuits. Four actresses accused the Alias Grace performer of several allegations of sexual misconduct.
Schultz's Alleged Misdeeds
All four plaintiffs of the lawsuits against Schultz described the actor's misbehavior has gone on for over 20 years. The women expressed that the actor violated their privacy on several occasions with dozens of accounts of gross behavior. Schultz's alleged misbehavior included that he allegedly bullied them, exposed himself several times to an actress just before she could join a stage production in progress, and inappropriately touching them during rehearsals.
Schultz Leaves Soulpepper
One organization that has been hit the hardest by Schultz's allegations is the Soulpepper Theatre Company. Schultz co-founded the Soulpepper Theatre Company in 1998. The North American theatrical organization, which has outposts in both Toronto and New York City, has helped promoted and produced a diverse set of theatrical productions that starred numerous actors from film and television. The Soulpepper Theatre Company Board of Directors has stated Schultz' status with the company.
"The Board of Directors has commenced an immediate investigation. The board has further instructe4d Mr. Schultz to step down from all of his Soulpepper responsibilities while this investigation takes place," said the Soulpepper Theatre Company's Board of Directors.
Sexual Misconduct In The Arts
Schultz is not the only arts professional that has found himself in the crosshairs of a sexual misconduct investigation. ER actor Anthony Edwards joined a chorus of seven men that accused entertainment industry insider and former mentor Gary Goddard of sexual harassment. Edwards stated that Goddard abused the men when they were his pupils during several children's theatre productions in Beverly Hills, California.
Multiple men accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. Several actors including Anthony Rapp and Roberto Cavazos and filmmaker Tony Montana have stated that Spacey harassed them when they worked with him. After the allegations surfaced, Spacey was forcefully removed from both his hit Netflix series, House of Cards, and was replaced by Christopher Plummer in the Golden Globe-nominated drama All the Money in the World.
Former New York City Ballet master Peter Martins recently announced his retirement from the performance group. Controversy surrounds Martins' retirement announcement as several former and current dancers accused him of sexual misconduct.
The Four Women
The women who are suing Schulz are Kristin Booth, Diana Bentley, Hannah Miller, and Patricia Fagan. The women want to receive $3.6 million in damages from Schultz. Also, they are also suing Soulpepper Theatre Company for $4.25 million.