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BU professor disinvited to perform with orchestra amid sexual harassment lawsuit

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra withdrew an invitation for a Boston University music professor to perform as a guest horn player this weekend amid allegations of sexual harassment by two of his students.

Eric Ruske.

Eric Ruske.

The symphony orchestra suspended its contract with renowned French horn player and music professor Eric Ruske after Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a national organization that advocates for victims of sexual assault, urged for a rescinded invitation, according to a statement from the group. Ruske was set to play with the symphony orchestra at Casper College Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s rewarding to see that a wrongdoer can’t escape consequences just by going somewhere else,” David Clohessy, director of SNAP, said in a statement.

“We hope every person who saw, suspected or suffered misconduct by Ruske or his university supervisors or colleagues will come forward, get help, protect others, expose wrongdoing and start healing,” he added.

Ruske, was named in a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday by two women, Erin Shyr, 21, and Maria Currie, 22, a current and former student at BU, respectively. The women allege that Ruske sexually harassed them and that administrators ignored their repeated warnings.

Ruske, BU, and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra  did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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