Exclusive: A case of revenge porn

Exclusive: A case of revenge porn

We understand that the Houston Symphony has suspended its principal horn, Bill VerMeulen, for the rest of the season.

Houston is about to host the League of American Orchestras conference and it does not want demonstrators on its doorstep.

The horn player has been accused online of disseminating an intimate self-portrait.

Slippedisc understands, from sources close to the matter, that the pictures are seven years old. They were sent unwisely to a woman with whom the musician was having a sexual relationship. The woman was neither an orchestra colleague nor a student of his.

Once the relationship was over, the ex-lover sent the pictures to a professional rival of the horn player’s who, in turn, passed it on to a feminist agitator. She posted it on her social media as a supplement to other recent musical instances of male misbehaviour.

What is at issue here, therefore, is not a man sending inappropriate messages to an unwilling female recipient. It is, plain and simple, a matter of revenge porn, instigated by a jilted lover seven years after the event.

We understand that the horn player has the support and understanding of his wife and family. He will survive.

But revenge porn is, in many states, a criminal offence.

Readers should take great care not to share it.

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