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celebrity sex abuser

He Did Great Things. He Can Still Be an Abuser or Harasser.

Harvey Weinstein made great movies.

So did Roman Polanski.

So did Woody Allen.

Michael Jackson made great music.

So does R. Kelly.

Bill Cosby made millions laugh.

So did Louis C. K.

So did Al Franken.

We could go on and on.

The pattern is clear. Incredibly talented individuals aren’t always saints. In fact, sometimes their outward search for achievement and accolades masks inner demons that stay hidden for years until finally they surface.

(Just now, we noticed the obituary of James Levine, “the guiding maestro of the Metropolitan Opera for more than 40 years and one of the world’s most influential and admired conductors until allegations of sexual abuse and harassment ended his career.”)

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/obituaries/james-levine-dead.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

We bring this up now because of reports of sexual misdeeds against popular New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

To millions, during the early days of the Covid pandemic, Governor Cuomo was a hero. He calmly kept the public informed about the progress his administration made in battling the virus, using facts and science and reason (unlike President Donald Trump).

And more relevant to us at Horowitz Law, he signed the Child Victims Act into law that is, right now, helping thousands of wounded New York adults who were molested as kids. It’s also helping warn thousands more about child molesters who’ve long flown under the radar.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-extending-look-back-window-child-victims-act

Then, when the Covid pandemic wreaked havoc on the Court system, Cuomo went further, and extended the Child Victims Act one more year, again giving abuse survivors more time to come forward.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-legislation-extending-look-back-window-child-victims-act

For this, we at Horowitz Law are grateful, as are many who care about kids and victims.

But at the end of the day all of this, and everything else Cuomo may have achieved over his long career, is irrelevant to the charges that he sexually harassed women. It’s apples and oranges.

No one denies that Cuomo often had successes. But no one should assume that because of those successes, he doesn’t or didn’t also have failures. . .or problems. . .or has engaged in sexual wrongdoing.

This pattern – widely=recognized accomplishments AND long-hidden wrongdoing co-existing in the same individual – is true for many predators. But it’s also true for many enablers.

Take Pope Francis for example. Early on, he won massive praise for carrying his own luggage moving into simpler living quarters and saying of gays and lesbians “Who am I to judge?”

Still he protects child molesters and those who cover for child molesters.

Still, eight years into his papacy, as former SNAP co-director David Clohessy noted on Twitter recently, Pope Francis hasn’t defrocked a single bishop for committing or concealing child sex crimes.

A few enabling bishops have voluntarily stepped down from their positions, while still retaining their emeritus titles and salaries and perks and all the rest.

Even fewer enabling bishops have been prodded to step down.

But virtually none have been fired.

So can we please, once and for all, walk and chew gum at the same time?

Can we please acknowledge that many are capable of BOTH wonderful behavior or achievement in public AND horrific behaviors and shortcomings in private?

Can we avoid the temptation to immediately and hurtfully take the side of the accused, over the accuser, just because the accused has managed to write great films, sing great songs, and even take heroic actions?

Fr. Norbert Nolan – Diocese of Rochester

Father Norbert Nolan

Diocese of Rochester

Norbert Nolan Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Retired: 1992

Died: 2007

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1953: Holy Cross Parish (Rochester, NY)
  • 1953-1959: St. Ignatius Parish (Hornell, NY)
  • 1959-1963: Church of the Assumption (Fairport, NY)
  • 1963-1967: St. Mary Parish (Dansville, NY)
  • 1967-1971: Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Brighton, NY)
  • 1971-1982: St. Theresa Parish (Stanley, NY)
  • 1982- 1992: St. Patrick Parish (Mount Morris, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Norbert Nolan:

In 2020, Fr. Norbert Nolan was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy while serving at St. Mary Church in Rushville, NY, in the late 60s or early 1970s. The suit states that the child’s mother complained to Bishop Joseph Hogan about Nolan, but nothing was done. He remained in the ministry until his removal from St. Patrick’s in Mount Morris 1991 for reasons the diocese never spelled out. Fr. Nolan retired in 1992. He died in 2007at the age of 81.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese. Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.   

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edward Jones – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Edward Jones

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Edward Jones Horowitz Law

Ordained: 2003

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 2003-2007: Blessed Sacrament (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 2007-2010: St. Thomas More (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 2010-2018: Elizabeth Ann Seton (Crawfordville, FL)
  • 2010-2018: St. Stephen Protomartyr (Woodville, FL)
  • 2011-2018: Sacred Heart (Lanark, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edward Jones:

Fr. Edward Jones of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee was removed from ministry at two Big Bend churches after he was accused of inappropriate contact with an underage girl in 2004. Fr. Jones was serving at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tallahassee when the victim was studying to convert to Catholicism.

According to Diocese records released as part of the Democrat’s records request, the victim first emailed the church on August 13, 2018, about the incident, 14 years earlier. She was undergoing spiritual counseling with Jones, meeting every couple of weeks. One evening in the fall of 2004, Jones escorted her into the room where they usually sat across from each other. This time he said they should sit together so he could try a “new direction of guidance for spiritual direction and intimacy in God’s healing.” They sat on a sofa, and he put his head in her lap, then had her put her head in his lap. The victim realized that he was getting sexually aroused. She immediately got up and left. When questioned, Fr. Jones, who took full responsibility for his actions. He was removed from ministry and any future ministry as a priest. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Gabriel Byrne sexual abuse

Movie Star Calls His Perp – Please Don’t Try This!

In 2011, actor Gabriel Byrne disclosed that he’d been sexually abused by a Christian Brother in Ireland.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/19/gabriel-byrne-child-sex-abuse

Now, he’s revealing that, years later, he called his abuser.

https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/13/gabriel-byrne-contacted-the-priest-he-accused-of-sexually-abusing-him-13894646/

While we at Horowitz Law feel deep sympathy for Byrne (as we do all victims of childhood trauma), we beg you to NOT follow his lead.

Every survivor is different. Every survivor heals in different ways. And we at Horowitz Law aren’t therapists.  Still, we urge you to resist the temptation to contact the man or woman who hurt you as a child.

At best, you’ll very likely be disappointed.

At worst, it could come back to haunt you.

Byrne’s motive for the call, he admits, was ‘I wanted in those last seconds to call him a c*** and say that even though I don’t believe in Hell, I hope he does because I want him to be terrified and burn forever.”
However, the exchange didn’t go according to plan.

“But I said nothing. Some part of me did not want to hurt an old man with a kindly voice stuck in a retirement home who now had no memory of me or anything he’d done.”  Byrne has said that he had struggled with alcoholism and depression in the past, and that he had been “deeply hurt” over the abuse he endured as a boy, even though he described the horror as short-lived.

“It took many years to come to terms with it. . .” although at the time, “I didn’t think it severely impacted me.”

The star added: ‘Even years later, it feels like the night has been concreted over. I’ve been picking at it with a pin ever since, afraid to use a jackhammer, afraid of what’s buried in there.’

But about calling predators, you might think “My situation is somewhat different.” And you may be right.

Still, we urge caution. But if you really feel compelled to contact your abuser, we certainly hope you’ll consult with a therapist, an attorney and law enforcement first, before putting yourself at risk and making such a call.

“How can a call like this hurt me?” you might ask.

Sometimes, survivors – consciously or subconsciously – hope or even predict that, after the passage of years, a perpetrator will admit and apologize for his crimes. Sadly, that rarely happens, and often the victim is left wounded again.

Sometimes, after such a call, a predator will immediately phone the police and make false allegations of threats or extortion demands by the victim.

A few child molesters have gone so far as to call a friendly judge or police officer and seek or get a restraining order against the victim, which hurts both the survivor’s feelings and later potentially his or her credibility.

So, again, please reconsider making such a call.

There are of course exceptions. For example, sometimes when a victim finds the strength to call law enforcement, law enforcement officials ask the victim to do a carefully-arranged, taped call or meeting with the abuser.  But in nearly every other situation, again, we urge you to take other steps to foster healing rather than hope that phone contact with a child molester will be helpful to you.

(Byrne has starred in many films, including: Excalibur (1981), Miller’s Crossing (1990), The Usual Suspects (1995), Stigmata (1999), End of Days (1999), Spider (2002), Jindabyne (2006), Vampire Academy (2014), The 33 (2015), and Hereditary (2018), and co-wrote The Last of the High Kings (1996). Byrne has also produced several films, including the Academy Award–nominated In the Name of the Father (1993).

Fr. Clint Farabaugh – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Clint Farabaugh (Precious Blood)  

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Clint Farabaugh Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1969: Unknown
  • 1970-1990: St. Agnes Catholic Church, Los Angeles, CA

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Clint Farabaugh:

Father Clint Farabaugh was ordained a religious order priest of the Society of the Precious Blood in 1955, who served in multiple parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he was accused of child sexual abuse from 1973 to 1976 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Los Angeles. He died in 1990.

In 2004, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ report of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles released Father Farabaugh’s and other personnel files of clergy who were subject of the 2007 global settlement.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in California State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Los Angeles and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gerald McGrath – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Gerald McGrath

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

Gerald McGrath Diocese of Ogdensburg Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2016

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Heart Central School (Watertown, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gerald McGrath:

Father Gerald McGrath was ordained to the priesthood in 1958, and served in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. He also worked at multiple parishes in Gouverneur, Brownville, Lyon Mountain, Malone, Evans Mills and North Bangor. After a leave of absence, in 1978, Father McGrath was incardinated in to the Archdiocese of Miami, where he continued to serve.

According to media reports, in November 2018, the Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult. The number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred was not disclosed. The list noted that Father McGrath died in July 2016 at the age of age 90.

Diocesan officials had previously said they would not release the names, largely to protect the privacy of victims. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and the Diocesan Review Board found that the allegations were credible.

In August 2019, Father McGrath was named in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused a minor. The Child Victims Act provides necessary relief to child victims of sexual abuse by amending New York’s antiquated laws to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions, regardless of when the crime occurred.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edward F. English – Diocese of Albany

Father Edward F. English

Diocese of AlbanyEdward F. English Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Died: 1989

Assignment History:

  • 1962-1964: St. George (Pittstown, NY)
  • St. John Francis Regis Church (Grafton, NY)
  • Immaculate Conception Church (Schenectady, NY)
  • Brady Maternity Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • St. Paul the Apostle Church

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edward F English:

Fr. Edward F English was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Albany in June 2020. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1962 to 1964 while working at St. George in Pittstown, New York. English also served as the Albany Diocesan Director of Radio and TV. He died in 31 years before allegations surfaced.

Very little is known of English’s activities within the church as the Diocese of Albany has not released any information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims or the nature of the alleged sexual abuse.

English died in 1989.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Ron Jeremy Horowitz Law

Porn Star Ron Jeremy Arrested and Charged with Rape of Multiple Women

On June 23, 2020, adult film star Ron Jeremy was arrested and charged with the forcible rapes of multiple women, dating back to 2014.  In addition to three charges of forcible rape, Jeremy has also been charged with 1 count of forcible penetration by an object, 1 count of forced oral copulation, and 1 count of sexual battery.

During the course of a two-year investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, at least four women told investigators that they were the victims of unwanted sexual contact by Jeremy.

Jeremy stands accused of forcibly raping a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood in May 2014.  He also is charged with allegedly sexually assaulting two women, ages 33 and 46, on separate occasions at a West Hollywood bar in 2017, as well as forcibly raping a 30-year-old woman at the same bar in July 2019.
The 67-year-old Jeremy is currently in custody; his arraignment has been postponed until Friday.  His bail is expected to be set at $6.6 million, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
If convicted of all of the charges, Jeremy faces up to 90 years in prison.
He had previously been investigated for the rape of a fifth woman in 2016, but prosecutors declined to charge him at the time.  Rolling Stone previously reported on the allegation during the height of the #metoo movement.
Horowitz Law represents victims of sexual abuse and assault nationwide.  If you have a been a victim of sexual assault, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at 1-888-283-9922 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com