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Entertainment Accusers speak out against Albert Schultz and Soulpepper

20:20  05 january  2018
20:20  05 january  2018 Source:   tribute.ca

Canadian theatre star Albert Schultz sued by 4 women who call him 'serial sexual predator'

  Canadian theatre star Albert Schultz sued by 4 women who call him 'serial sexual predator' Four women filed civil lawsuits Wednesday against Albert Schultz, accusing the Canadian actor and artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company of sexual battery and harassment of a sexual nature over a 13-year period. Toronto-based Soulpepper has also been named in the statements of claim of each lawsuit, which detail allegations of unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace from 2000 to 2013.

Albert Schultz , co-founder of the Toronto Soulpepper Theatre Company, has stepped down from his post as Artistic Director following allegations of sexual misconduct. Kristin Booth said during the conference, "I did not bring these claims against Albert and Soulpepper lightly.

Soulpepper Artistic Director and co-founder Albert Schultz 's four accusers came forward in a press conference to talk about the civil. Kristin Booth said during the conference, “I did not bring these claims against Albert and Soulpepper lightly.

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Albert Schultz, co-founder of the Toronto Soulpepper Theatre Company, has stepped down from his post as Artistic Director following allegations of sexual misconduct. Four actresses have filed civil suits against the 54-year-old actor/producer, who most recently can be seen playing Grace’s lawyer on the TV series Alias Grace, and who is one of the executive producers of the sitcom Kim’s Convenience.

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Albert Schultz accusers speak out : “The sanctity of the theatre is - nowtoronto.com. Update: Late in the afternoon on January 4, Albert Schultz resigned from his position as Soulpepper 's founding artistic director via a letter sent to Soulpepper 's board of directors.

Albert Schultz , co-founder of the Toronto Soulpepper Theatre Company, has stepped down from his post as Artistic Director following allegations of sexual misconduct. Kristin Booth said during the conference, "I did not bring these claims against Albert and Soulpepper lightly.

Kristin Booth/Albert Schultz © Crown Media United States, LLC / Soulpepper Theatre Company Kristin Booth/Albert Schultz

Kristin Booth (pictured with Schultz in inset photo), Hannah Miller, Patricia Fagan and Diana Bentley filed civil suits this week against Schultz and Soulpepper Theatre Company, saying Schultz sexually assaulted and harrassed them during their careers with Soulpepper. Their lawyer, Tatha Swann, said the women “faced constant sexual harassment, groping and unwanted touching at the hands of a serial sexual predator and bully. Soulpepper failed to protect them and failed to provide a safe work environment.”

Kristin Booth said during the conference, “I did not bring these claims against Albert and Soulpepper lightly. But I did it now and I would do it again because there is a window of opportunity open for women like myself, Diana, Trish and Hannah and all the other women that we have heard from that have suffered at Albert’s hands and others like him.”

A quick sketch of Albert Schultz

  A quick sketch of Albert Schultz A quick sketch of Albert SchultzBiographical details: Schultz was born in Port Hope, Ont., in 1963, but grew up in Okotoks, Alta. He was among the founding members of Soulpepper when the company launched in 1998 and served as its artistic director ever since.

The four women who have accused Soulpepper theatre’s former artistic director of sexual battery and harassment held a press conference on Thursday. Here are 5 of the most powerful statements.

Update: Late in the afternoon on January 4, Albert Schultz resigned from his position as Soulpepper 's founding artistic director via a letter sent to Soulpepper 's board of directors. "While I will continue to vigorously defend myself against the allegations that are being made

Hannah Miller also spoke, adding, “Soulpepper as it is, is not a safe environment.”

Two of the theatre company’s co-founders — Ted Dykstra and Stuart Hughes — who are well known in the theatre community and on Canadian television, have stepped down in solidarity with the four women who have launched suits against Schultz. Schultz’s second wife, Leslie Lester, who also works as the company’s executive director, also volunteered to step down.

Soulpepper was founded in 1998 by Schultz, his then-wife Susan Coyne, Dykstra, Hughes, Diana Leblanc, Diego Matamoros, Joseph Ziegler, Martha Burns, Michael Hanrahan, Nancy Palk, Robyn Steven, and William Webster. It’s billed as Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company and North America’s only year-round repertory company. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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