Posted in Local, Posted: Fri, July 6 2012 at 12:58 AM, Updated: Fri, July 6 2012 at 1:10 AM
Someone who wasn't at Thursday night's Green Show -- a man who was banned from performances after women claimed he was ogling them through binoculars. Ashland resident, Steven Maryanoff, attended the OSF Green Show last Friday. The 63 year-old, who has been legally blind for the last 20 years, has used binoculars at Oregon Shakespeare Festival performances and Green Shows for years.
Being vision-impaired, Maryanoff says he also used the binoculars to scan the crowd and take in the scene. But after Friday's show, Maryanoff was detained by police and told he was no longer welcome on festival property. In fact, he is now under an order of trespass from OSF, which bans him from the property permanently.
"They said i was looking at women and getting sexually aroused. I don't know how they could tell that," said Maryanoff. "It doesn't feel fair. If they can exclude someone for any reason, that's discrimination."
"We take this very seriously and we're looking into the situation," said Amy Richard, OSF Media Manager.
We spoke with Ashland Police today who say they investigated the allegations against Maryanoff, but found no evidence of criminal conduct. But they do note that the festival is well within its rights. They say private establishments do have the right to exclude or refuse service to patrons.