Horovitz had previously been accused in a Boston Phoenix expose in 1993 of sexually harassing 10 women. "To say I feel betrayed would be a gross understatement, and my heart goes out to the victims who have lived with this for so many years and the pain they must be experiencing all over again".
"I apologize to the fearless women who came forward in 1992 and 1993 but were not listened to", says Elizabeth Neumeier, current president of the Gloucester board.
Horovitz's son, Beastie Boys founder Adam Horovitz, released a statement standing behind the women.
In a response to the allegations, the 78-year-old Horovitz told the New York Times he had "a different memory" of the alleged events.
After arriving, Meinhardt, who was 19 at the time, said Horovitz locked the door and proceeded to grope and kiss her, leading her to cry.
Former Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz has come out swinging against his famous playwright father, Israel Horovitz, after his dad was accused by multiple women - including his son's high school girlfriend - of sexual misconduct, including rape and the forced fondling and kissing of women as young as 16. On Thursday, a U.S. army veteran accused the former comedian of groping her during a USO tour in the Middle East in 2003, making her the fifth woman in the past two weeks to accuse the Jewish senator of inappropriate sexual conduct. That piece demonstrates that rumors of his actions were widespread by that point (one accuser said that she had been warned to "beware of Israel") and yet, as the Times notes, the board's president at the time "dismissed the accusations and described some of the women speaking out against Mr. Horovitz as "tightly wound".
Many women who came forward were teenagers who were working under Horovitz and considered the award-winning author, who penned plays such as The Indian Wants the Bronx and Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, a mentor.
In the Times article, Adam Horovitz condemns his father's behavior in no uncertain terms: "I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them". Horovitz was Gloucester's founding artistic director and an ex-officio member of the board of directors.
In 1991, when Frédérique Giffard was 16 and an au pair for Mr. Horovitz, she said he groped her breasts and placed her hand on his erect penis.