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Composer compensated over sexual abuse at Carmel College

Acclaimed British songwriter Stephen Endelman waives right to anonymity about his ordeal at 'the Jewish Eton' which he 'buried' for years

Stephen Endelman

Source: Screenshot from YouTube
Stephen Endelman Source: Screenshot from YouTube

A British Jewish composer who was sexually abused by a house master at a private college nicknamed ‘the Jewish Eton’ has been awarded compensation.

Stephen Endelman, who was worked with figures including Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, has now waived his right to anonymity about his abuse at Carmel College in Oxfordshire before it closed in 1997, which he says he “buried” for years.

Endelman’s abuser, French teacher Trevor Bolton, was jailed for 18 years in 2015 for several counts of sexually abusing young Jewish boys over a 20-year period.

One victim, who prefers to remain anonymous, said he was raped several times a week for five years and would “never” forgive his parents for sending him there.

Victims have said Bolton would invite the boys up to his room to watch Match of the Day, smoke, drink Coca-Cole and eat Jaffa Cakes.

Speaking to The Guardian, Endelman said: “I would be taken back to my room then he would come and get me later, and I would spend the night in his bed.

“I remember holding his penis and him holding mine. I remember him lying on top of me. I remember him bathing me. I don’t remember too much more.”

Endelman is set to start filming a short fictional story based on his own experience of abuse, called ‘A Boy, a Man and a Kite,’ in which a man “contemplates the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy and seeks resolution and redemption from his past”.

Former head master Rabbi Jeremy Rosen said he didn’t learn of Bolton’s crimes until 14 years after he left, and a year after the school closed.

“It came as a great shock to me,” said Rosen. “Carmel in my time was a caring community and anything that betrayed that care is a stain on its stellar reputation and achieve

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