'I Stand Behind The Women': Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz Responds to Sexual Assault Allegations Against His Father
Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, has condemned his father Israel Horovitz after a recent New York Times exposé was released detailing his alleged sexual misconduct that dates back more than 30 years.
The article details nine accounts of sexual misconduct with Horovitz. One woman, Maddie Corman, said she was 16 years-old working in an Off Broadway play as her mother lay dying in a hospital following a stroke in 1986 when Horovitz, then 47, attempted to console her, only to press her against a wall and “forcefully” kiss her just as she was about to go onstage. Jocelyn Meinhardt, then 19, recounted the beginning of her 1989 summer internship at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts when Horovitz ( who was artistic director then) drove her to the family home her first night, locked the door, and kissed and fondled her as she began to cry. Meinhardt, who dated Adam in high school, said the playwright then led her to his bedroom and raped her.
“I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them,” Adam said in the report.
As for Horovitz, who is now 78, he issued the following statement in regards to the report:
…I apologize with all my heart to any woman who has ever felt compromised by my actions, and to my family and friends who have put their trust in me. To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.