L.A. LGBTQ Theater Director Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Longtime artistic director of Celebration Theatre, the city’s leading LGBTQ stage, Michael A. Shepherd, has been accused of sexual misconduct by two men, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The men accused Shepperd of sexual misconduct in incidents spanning 13 years. The men also allege Celebration mishandled complaints about Shepperd’s behavior and ultimately chose to keep him in his leadership position until this week, when the theater announced his termination and said an internal investigation had found credible allegations of misconduct against him.

Shepperd’s lawyer, Jordan Susman, issued a statement to The Times shortly after Celebration fired Shepperd that read in part: “Michael categorically denies any and all allegations of misconduct and laments the absence of due process that led to Celebration Theatre’s decision.”