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Wife of Musical Impresario Sir Rudolf Bing Arrested

March 31, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ Lady Carroll Bing, wife of opera impresario Sir Rudolf Bing, was arrested outside Carnegie Hall for failing to appear in court on charges she slapped an executive of a performing arts management company.

The arrest on 57th Street on Wednesday was the latest in a series of legal entanglements for the couple.

Lady Bing, 48, has been visiting Columbia Artists Management’s midtown Manhattan office frequently, often with her 86-year-old husband, according to police.

She was apparently upset that her husband, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera from 1950 to 1972, had been dropped from Columbia Artists’ board of directors, police said. Columbia Artists represents classical music artists and produces classical concerts.

Lady Bing was arrested on a bench warrant issued after she failed to appear in court Monday to answer charges of criminal trespass and harassment, according to Detective Joseph McConville.

The charges were filed last month by Barbara Quinones, vice president for administration at Columbia Artists, who claimed that Lady Bing entered her office without permission, harassed her and slapped her face.

Why Lady Bing returned to Columbia’s offices Wednesday was not known, McConville said.

Ms. Quinones and her attorney, Todd Steckler, refused to comment on the arrest.

Shortly after the Bings’ wedding 14 months ago, state Supreme Court Justice Arthur Blyn declared that Bing suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to control his $900,000 estate.

The judge appointed a conservator, barred Lady Bing from spending her husband’s assets and allowed Bing’s lawyers to begin annulment proceedings. A pretrial hearing on the annulment proceedings is set for May 3.

Bing said last year that he loved his wife and that he believed allegations by longtime friends that she was misspending his money were wrong.

Blyn ordered Lady Bing not to take her husband out of the court’s jurisdiction.

However, she took him to Florida and the West Indian island of Anguilla. The couple disappeared before turning up in Great Britain. They returned to New York late last year.

In 1982, a Washington court found that Lady Bing, then Carroll Douglass, was incapable of managing her own affairs, and appointed as conservators her brother and sister.

Bing, born in Vienna, Austria, went to Britain in the 1930s, where he headed the Glyndebourne Opera and founded the famed Edinburgh Festival. He moved to the United States in 1949, but retained his British nationality and was knighted for his contributions to music.

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