File this one under “dodged a big fat bullet”.
Talented clarinetist Eric Abramovitz has won a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend after she faked emails and caused her boyfriend to lose his place at the famed Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.
In 2013, Abramovitz applied for a two-year scholarship to the school which would’ve paid his entire tuition, room and board amounting to $50,000 a year.
Only two students are accepted each year for the programme and graduates of Colburn are known to go onto lucrative careers, playing in symphonies around the world.
Weeks after applying, Abramavitz received a rejection email from Yehuda Gilad, one of the world’s most renowned clarinet professors, letting him know he wasn’t selected for the program.
Except this is where the story gets weird.
The rejection email Abramovitz opened wasn’t sent by Gilad at all, but by his jealous girlfriend who was worried of him leaving her for Los Angeles.
He had actually been accepted into the program and his girlfriend had logged into Abramovitz’s email account to delete the acceptance letter and to create an email which knocked him back instead.
She even went as far as replying from her boyfriend’s email account, informing Gilad that he wouldn’t take the scholarship after all.
In 2016, a year after ending the relationship with his girlfriend, Abramovitz applied once again to study with Yehuda Gilad.
It was during the audition process that the past began to piece together because Gilad actually remembered Abramovitz and asked him, “What are you doing here? You rejected me.”
After sleuthing around to see if anything fishy had gone on with his application, lo and behold, the clarinetist was able to access the fake email account that his ex-girlfriend had used in writing to him.
“It was not only a stab in the back but in the heart”, Abramovitz told The Washington Post.
“I’m very thankful that despite what happened and what she did I still landed on my feet and realized what I set out to do.”
Abramovitz went on to graduate school at USC and joined the Nasville Symphony before accepting a position with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
But revenge is sweet and Eric Abramovitz isn’t the kind of guy to let his ex get away with her scheming ways.
Earlier this month he was awarded $350,000 in damages by Judge D.L. Corbett for his girlfriend’s “reprehensible betrayal of trust” and “despicable interference in Mr. Abramovitz’s career”.
There’s been no comment from his ex-girlfriend yet.