Thursday, June 30, 2016

Blue Too Boor

"Manager of Cambridge art gallery fired amid sex assault allegation" by Travis Andersen Globe Staff   June 29, 2016

A popular Cambridge art gallery and performance space has fired its manager amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a musician there after a show Monday night.

Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More, in Central Square, confirmed the termination Wednesday in a posting. The Globe is not naming the manager because he has not been charged with a crime.

The allegations surfaced on the website of the accuser, a musician who performed at the gallery Monday. The Globe does not name alleged victims of sexual assault. She wrote on her site that she was “sexually attacked by the manager” after her performance ended.

“He pressed me up against the wall and started . . . kissing me, while saying disgusting things in my ear,” she wrote. “I literally shoved him off of me with all my might and ran to the bathroom where I had a severe panic attack.”

The woman said the manager followed her outside but stopped after she told him to get away.

Cambridge police said Wednesday that the musician has not filed a formal complaint with the department.

“We are looking to connect with the alleged victim and have made efforts to contact her,” police spokesman Jeremy Warnick said in an e-mail. “We are aware of the blog post and social media fodder, but in order to move forward, we do need to hear from the victim.”

The musician said in a follow-up posting Wednesday night that she does not wish to contact the police, who she said “uphold a certain social structure that I disagree with on a basic core level.”

Working telephone numbers for the manager and the accuser could not be located, and neither responded to e-mail inquiries seeking comment....